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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Row dad pointed a kitchen knife at gardai, court told

Olalekan Asogba has not indicated how he will plead.
Olalekan Asogba has not indicated how he will plead.

A FATHER-of-four has been accused of pointing a kitchen knife at gardai when they investigated an incident at his home.

Olalekan Asogba (37) is all-eged to have refused to leave the house and threatened to kill himself before getting the knife and producing it as officers dealt with the situation.

The case against him was adjourned when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court on a weapons charge.

Mr Asogba, of Coldcut Park, Clondalkin, is charged with producing a large kitchen knife, likely to intimidate, in the course of a dispute.

The DPP had consented to the case being dealt with in the district court subject to the judge considering the issue of jurisdiction.

Outlining the prosecution's case, Sgt Maria Callaghan said gardai were called to an incident at the house in question last October 27.

When they arrived, they met a woman at the front door who said an incident had occurred in relation to her husband.

Homeless

The accused was sitting at the bottom of the stairs and was refusing to leave the house, saying he would be homeless if he did so, and told gardai that he would kill himself, it was alleged.

It was claimed he went into the kitchen where he got a knife, then refused to drop it and pointed it at the officers.

Sgt Callaghan said it would be further alleged that the accused ran into the back garden, where he resisted arrest and eventually dropped the knife.

Judge David McHugh accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case at district court level.

The accused was a healthcare assistant and his lawyer made an application for free legal aid.

The judge said he would grant this, subject to a vouched statement of Mr Asogba's financial means being filed to the court.

He remanded the accused on continuing bail to appear in court again later this month.

The accused has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge.

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