Man had homemade knuckle-duster

A Portlaoise man who claimed he carried a homemade knuckle-duster because he was the victim of bullying appeared at last week’s sitting of the Portlaoise District Court.

A Portlaoise man who claimed he carried a homemade knuckle-duster because he was the victim of bullying appeared at last week’s sitting of the Portlaoise District Court.

Daniel Heffernan, 18 Clonrooske View, Portlaoise, was charged with possession of an article with intent to cause injury, at Supermacs, James Fintan Lalor Avenue, Portlaoise, on May 19 last year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that the gardaí stopped Heffernan in his car and found a homemade knuckle-duster on him, which was a bolt he had adapted.

“He admitted he had adapted it for his own protection,” said Insp Farrelly.

Heffernan had one previous conviction.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said that at the time his client was being bullied around the town by a number of individuals who were picking on his weight.

“He made the item more with the intent of showing it rather that using it,” said Mr Meagher, adding that Heffernan realised he shouldn’t have made it.

The matter was put back by Judge Catherine Staines to May 28 for a probation report on Heffernan.