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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Passenger had kitchen knife on bus to eat lump of bacon

Dublin Bus
Dublin Bus

A HOTEL worker brought a knife onto a Dublin bus so he could cut up a lump of bacon, a court heard.

Gardai spoke to Sylwester Zalewski (29) after Dublin Bus passengers alerted the driver that a man had a kitchen knife.

When questioned, he told gardai he was "just eating bacon".

Judge David McHugh struck out the charge after Zalewski donated €25 to Blanchardstown Hospice.

The defendant, of Whitestown Walk in Blanchardstown, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a knife at Clonsilla Road on November 29.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were called to a Dublin Bus after passengers informed the driver there was a man upstairs holding a knife.

Sgt Callaghan said that when gardai spoke to Zalewski he said he was "just eating bacon".

Defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said that Zalewski works as a night manager in a hotel.

He had come home from work that morning, brought his daughter to school and then gone to sleep for a number of hours.

Ms Jackson said Zalewski was rushing back to work and he grabbed a lump of bacon and a knife, which he planned to cut up and eat on the bus.

Ms Jackson said Zalewski made a foolish decision to bring the knife on the bus.

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