A MAN caught with a samurai sword claimed it was a family heirloom and he was bringing it home, a court heard.
Martin Cash (31) accepted it was "stupid" to bring the sword home at 4am in the morning, but said he couldn't get a taxi.
Judge David McHugh fined Cash €100, accepted there was no "sinister motive" and ordered the sword be returned to him as it was a family heirloom.
The defendant, of Boot Road, Clondalkin, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a samurai sword at New Road, Clondalkin on July 23 last.
Garda Denis Lordon said he was on mobile patrol shortly after 4am when he saw Cash walking down the road with a samurai sword. He said that Cash tried to discard the weapon when he saw gardai.
Defence solicitor Michael O'Connor said Cash was taking the sword from his father's house to his own house.
Mr O'Connor said Cash's father died two years ago and the samurai sword was an heirloom. He said Cash was bringing it to his home where he planned to display it.
Mr O'Connor said Cash had tried, but couldn't, get a taxi and he accepted it was foolish to walk home at 4am with a sword.