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Thursday 15 November 2018

'This is how I deal with likes of you', dad with knife told guard

'Judge John Lindsay sentenced him to four months in prison, with another two months suspended.' (stock photo)
'Judge John Lindsay sentenced him to four months in prison, with another two months suspended.' (stock photo)

A father-of-three who was told to stop begging outside a DIY store showed the doorman a knife and said: "This is how I deal with the likes of you."

David Canning (26) opened his jacket to show the security guard the Stanley knife before making the remark.

Judge John Lindsay sentenced him to four months in prison, with another two months suspended.

Canning, of Buttercup Park, Darndale, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a Stanley knife.

Gda Paula Cater told Dublin District Court that Canning was begging outside Woodie's at the Malahide Road Industrial Estate, Coolock, last October 30 when a security guard told him to move on.

It was then that the defendant opened his jacket, showed him the knife and made the remark.

Gardai were called and he was arrested.

The court heard he no longer had the knife on him at that stage and was co-operative with gardai.

Gda Carter agreed with Cath- al O Braonain, defending, that both gardai and security had experience with Canning begging in the area and he had never caused any difficulty before.

Surprise

It was "uncharacteristic" of him, the garda said, and the relationship was usually "civil".

Mr O Braonain said Canning had been begging in the area on many occasions before, had never reacted in that way and it came as a surprise to those who dealt with him.

Separately, gardai were called to a Dublin Bus at the Malahide Road last October 31, when Canning broke a window, causing €320 worth of damage.

The driver made the call and Canning waited for gardai to arrive.

Canning was under stress at the time of the incident and taking tablets, Mr O Braonain said.

Gda Aisling McGeown said that, in a separate incident on Kilmore Road last February 24, Canning was searched and found to be in possession of a kitchen knife.

Canning was in prison for other offences when his case came before the court and he was anxious to get back to his children, Mr O Braonain said.

He had 21 convictions for offences including possession of a knife. He was drug-free since going into custody.

Judge Lindsay backdated the six-month sentence to when Canning went into custody, suspending the final two months.

"Thanks, judge," Canning said.

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