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Judge sympathised with Rebecca Coates for her tragic loss

Judge sympathised with Rebecca Coates for her tragic loss

Judge sympathised with Rebecca Coates for her tragic loss

A distraught mother caught with a kitchen knife intended to use it to self-harm following the suicide of her daughter, a court heard.

Rebecca Coates (56) was inconsolable after her daughter's death in 2017.

Judge Gerard Jones struck out the charge, leaving the defendant without a conviction.

He told Ms Coates she had suffered a terrible loss and to "look after yourself".

The defendant, with an address at Corduff Grove, Blanchardstown, admitted possession of a knife at Main Street, Blanchardstown, on September 9 last year.

Sergeant Walter Sweeney told Blanchardstown District Court that gardaĆ­ received a call in relation to a woman, not far from the station, who had a knife.

Sgt Sweeney said officers went to the scene and came across Ms Coates, who handed the knife to them.

The court heard Ms Coates was arrested and taken to Blanchardstown garda station, where she was later charged.

Psychiatric

She was also assessed by a doctor and was subsequently taken to James Connolly Memorial Hospital, where she was fur-ther assessed by a psychiatric nurse.

The court heard Ms Coates had previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Damien Coffey said that although his client was pleading guilty to the charge, this was an unusual case because Ms Coates had the knife "entirely for the purpose of self-harm".

Mr Coffey said he had a large number of medical and forensic psychiatric reports, which he could hand in to the court.

The solicitor said Ms Coates's difficulties began in childhood, and the reports outlined her problems.

However, he added that this incident arose entirely because Ms Coates had lost her daughter through suicide.

He asked the judge to be as lenient as possible, saying the defendant had "suffered greatly".

Sgt Sweeney said he would go along with what Mr Coffey had told the court.

Judge Jones sympathised with Ms Coates and struck out the charge.