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Street-fight father had hatchet and knife in bag

A FATHER-of-two caught carrying a hatchet and steak knife in a bag during a street fight had got upset following an assault on his pregnant partner, a court heard.

Dermot Roche (37) and his partner Sandra Hutch (32) claimed they had been suffering ongoing harassment from a group of other people at the time of the incident.



Hysterical

The accused, both of Craigford Drive, Killester, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to public drunkenness and causing a breach of the peace.

Roche also admitted possession of weapons.

He was given a five-month suspended sentence and fined €100, while Hutch was fined €175.

The court heard gardai arrived and found Roche fighting and arguing with people on the street at Clanranald Road, Donnycarney in June, 2010.

Suspecting Roche had something in his bag, a garda searched it and found the implements.

There was a "history of harassment" of the accused and this had been reported to the gardai, their solicitor Noelle Kenny said.

There was no allegation made that Roche had produced the weapons during the incident. Hutch had arrived home in a hysterical state, "having been assaulted by a group of individuals".

"He panicked and ran out with these implements in his bag, it was never his intention to use them," Ms Kenny said.



Miscarriage

The court heard Hutch was found arguing with another woman in a later incident and was arrested for her drunken, abusive behaviour.

She had had a miscarriage which she partly blamed on the earlier assault she had suffered, Ms Kenny said. Hutch felt she and her partner were the victims of this.

Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin convicted them.

aphelan@herald.ie