Sunday 23 September 2018

Youth armed himself with deli knife in fight

Garda: File photo
Garda: File photo

A YOUNG man armed himself with a delicatessen breadknife during a fight that broke out in a Dublin city centre convenience store, a court heard.

Shane Macken (20) already had a blade in one hand when he ran behind the counter and grabbed a deli knife before gardai arrived and disarmed him.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case against him at Dublin District Court for a pre-sentence probation report.

Macken, of St Aonghus Yard, Tymon North, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to possession of a blade and producing a knife in the course of a dispute.

The court heard the incident happened on April 25 last year at Centra in Temple Bar.

Gda Shauna Harvey told the court she was called to the shop at 12.50am and arrived to see two men "roaring and shouting at each other".

The accused walked behind the deli counter with a blade in his left hand. He picked up a large deli bread knife and shouted at the other man.

The gardai managed to disarm him.

Defence barrister Edel Gilligan said CCTV footage showed the accused being chased around the aisles by the other man twice before he got the knife.


They had been among two groups of people who met and got into a row on the night. There "seemed to be a lot of aggression" between them.

"I don't think there is any particular reason they got involved in this row," Ms Gilligan said.

The garda said a woman had had the blade in her bag and passed it to a man who then passed it to Macken.

The dispute seemed to have originated outside the shop.

"The court has difficulty with young males carrying blades. It will end in serious injury or death," Judge Smyth said.

Ms Gilligan said Macken was "quite fortunate" that the gardai had been "called in advance of it getting to that point" and had intervened.

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