A man caught with a samurai sword in the boot of his car had found it during home renovations and was on his way to get rid of it when gardai stopped him, a court heard.
Deividas Klykovas (41) discovered the weapon while installing a kitchen and had no intention of using it, it was stated.
Judge Geraldine Carthy said she would apply the Probation Act, leaving Klykovas without a conviction, if he made a €300 charity donation.
The defendant, of Mary Aik- enhead House, James's Street, in the south inner city, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of the sword. Sgt Gail Smith told Dublin District Court he was stopped in Thomas Street last February 1.
Klykovas had the sword in the boot and told gardai he had found it. He had no previous convictions.
Gda Sgt Smith agreed with defence solicitor Niall Walsh that there was no evidence the accused had any intention of using the sword.
The accused had moved house and was changing his kitchen when the sword was discovered, Mr Walsh said.
He threw the weapon in the boot of his car and was on his way to a skip to get rid of it when he was stopped. Someone had possibly seen him throw it in the car, Mr Walsh suggested.
The sword would have been sharp but not in pristine condition, he said. It was not something that could be carried around or concealed easily.
The accused had worked as a labourer but was out of work due to a medical condition.