Teenage driver 'panicked' and tried to hide knife from garda
A teenager caught driving an uninsured car in which a kitchen knife was found told gardai he had just bought the vehicle for €50 and was taking it home.
Daniel Lynch said the knife was in the car when he bought it and he "panicked" and tried to hide it when stopped by gardai
He was given a two-month suspended sentence by Dublin District Court.
Lynch (19), of Longdale Terrace, Ballymun, pleaded guilty to driving without insurance and a licence and to unlawful possession of a knife.
Gda Ciara Lowry said she saw the accused driving a Fiat Punto on Shangan Road, Ballymun, at 6.10pm on April 3. She followed him on to Longdale Terrace where a number of men got out of the car and fled.
Lynch climbed out of the driver's seat and into the passenger's seat.
While speaking to him, Gda Lowry noticed a kitchen knife in the footwell. Asked who owned the car, Lynch said he had bought it earlier that day.
When arrested and charged, he told gardai: "The knife's not mine."
The knife had been in a side compartment when Lynch bought the car, said Matthew De Courcy, defending.
When he became aware of it and saw the gardai he "panicked and tried to hide it."
It had been a very short drive, he was stopped near his home and he had intended to do the car up, said Mr De Courcy.
Lynch was unemployed and in receipt of social welfare.
He had previous convictions as a juvenile.
On the no insurance charge he was fined €300 and banned from driving for two years.