A Portlaoise man has been warned he will be sent to prison if he is ever again found in possession of a knife.
David Condon, 32 Mountain View Square, Portlaoise, was charged with the possession of a flick-knife at the Mountmellick Road, Portlaoise, on June 4 last year.
Inspector John Lawless told the district court that the knife was “sharply pointed” and Condon claimed it was for his own protection.
Condon had 42 previous convictions.
“He had no reasonable explanation for having the knife,” admitted defence, Ms Anne Manning, adding that his record was appalling. She said Condon had a heroin addiction and was attending Coote Street.
Judge Catherine Staines put the matter back to April 24 for an up to date probation report and warned Condon: “If you’re found in possession of knives again you’ll go to prison. The only reason to carry a weapon is to use it.”