Man caught with knife in back pocket was 'in fear for his life'
A young man who had a flick knife in his jeans pocket told gardai he had the weapon for his own protection.
Luke Power (24) was in fear for his life at the time, a court heard.
The defendant, of Sheepmoor Gardens, Blanchardstown, admitted possession of a knife before Blanchardstown District Court.
Judge David McHugh ordered Power to complete 100 hours of community service, in lieu of three months in prison.
Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were on mobile patrol on Mountain View Road, Blanchardstown, on May 4 when they stopped Power to search him.
Sgt Callaghan said Power told Garda Andrew Tier that he had a flick knife in the back pocket of his jeans.
The sergeant said Power told gardai he had the knife because he was "in fear for his life".
The court heard that Power had 20 previous convictions.
Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Power told gardai he had the knife prior to the search so it would not injure them.
Mr Fleming said Power had one child from a previous relationship, and his new partner was currently pregnant.
He accepted that Power had a "colourful past" and had spent time in jail.
Power had completed his Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate in prison, as well as a first aid course, he said.
Mr Fleming said the defendant had been out of prison for the past two years, and in that time he had worked in welding, in a warehouse and as a carpenter.
The court heard that Power had been "unable to stick with anything" since his release from jail and Mr Fleming said there may have been "underlying reasons" for that.