A DUBLIN man caught with a wooden baton down his trousers claimed he had it for his own protection after he was the victim of a knife attack, a court heard.
Anthony O'Keefe (29) also said he had not realised that it was illegal to have a wooden baton. Judge David McHugh fined O'Keefe €100.
The defendant, of Foxborough Crescent in Lucan, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a 12-inch wooden baton at Newlands Road, Lucan on June 29 last.
Garda Barry O'Shea claimed that O'Keefe had the baton down his trousers and said he told him that had it for his own protection.
The garda said O'Keefe handed over the weapon and co-operated fully with him. The court heard the defendant has two previous convictions.
Defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said O'Keefe had been the victim of a knife attack a few months before this incident.
Ms Jackson said he did not realise it was illegal to carry the baton. She also said he did not try to hide it from gardai.
Ms Jackson said O'Keefe had a drug difficulty in the past but has been stabilised on methadone for a long time.