Man caught with sword was 'under threat'
A man caught with a sword in a Dublin housing estate had been warned his life was under threat, a court heard.
Paul Burke (25) claimed he simply wanted to get on with his life and find a job.
Blanchardstown District Court heard Burke's long-term partner was expecting their first child.
Judge David McHugh ordered him to enter into a probation supervision bond for 12 months.
The defendant, of Berryfield Drive, Finglas, had admitted to possession of a sword at Berryfield Road, Finglas, on February 14 last year.
He also admitted to driving without insurance on September 18, 2014.
The court heard Burke has 21 previous convictions, including three for having no insurance.
Burke's lawyer said his client had been warned about an act-ive threat against his life and had been back and forth from this jurisdiction. He said the threat had now abated.
The court heard Burke completed his Junior Certificate and had taken part in a number of training programmes.
Now that the threat to his life had dissipated, Burke was very eager to start working, said the lawyer.
On the no-insurance charge, Judge McHugh fined Burke €100 and disqualified him from driving for five years.
He also ordered that the sword be destroyed.