Had wooden pole for self defence

An 18-year-old Portlaoise man was told he cannot take the law into his own hand, at Portlaoise District Court last week.

An 18-year-old Portlaoise man was told he cannot take the law into his own hand, at Portlaoise District Court last week.

Darren Coss, with an address at Ross, Ballyfin, Portlaoise was charged with two counts of possession of an article with intent to cause injury on April 26.

On that date, Gda John Masterson found the defendant with a wooden pole, two and a half feet long. Later that day, he was seen with the leg of a table which he threw into a garden when he saw the Gardaí approach.

Josephine Fitzpatrick, defending, explained that Coss had been the victim of a serious assault in the days before. Coss told the court that he needed the wooden pole as he “didn’t want to get stabbed again.”

The case was adjourned for an up to date report from the Block Project and a probation report.