A man who leaned forward with a screwdriver in his hand during a domestic dispute had been using it for a household chore and "lost his temper".
Toby Walker (22) was spared a conviction for a weapons charge after Blanchardstown District Court heard he had not intended to intimidate his partner's son.
Judge David McHugh applied the Probation Act.
Walker, of Cannon Brook Park, Lucan, admitted producing a weapon in the course of a dispute.
Sergeant Walter Sweeney said there was a domestic incident between Walker and his then-partner at Cannon Brook Park last May 3.
The woman's adult son got involved and told Walker to leave his mother alone, Sgt Sweeney said.
The accused had a screwdriver in his hand and "leaned forward" with it, but there was no contact with anyone and no further action after that.
Walker had no previous convictions.
The accused had the screwdriver in his hand for an "unrelated domestic chore", his solicitor Matthew Kenny told the court.
It was not taken out to intimidate the victim, but he had it in his hand when he lost his temper.
Walker had had a "long and meaningful relationship" with the victim's mother and re- gretted his behaviour on the day.
The relationship was now at an end and the family had "made their peace", the court heard.