Mountmellick man had knife

A MOUNTMELLICK man who claimed to have a kitchen knife concealed in his sock for his own protection was last week ordered to engage with the psychiatric services.

A MOUNTMELLICK man who claimed to have a kitchen knife concealed in his sock for his own protection was last week ordered to engage with the psychiatric services.

Philip Gannon, 38 College View, was charged with being intoxicated, using threatening behaviour in public, and possession of a knife, at Ridge Road, Portlaoise, on May 4.

Inspector Martin Harrington said that Gannon was observed in an intoxicated state with an open can of lager and he began shouting at the gardaí. When searched, Gannon was discovered to have a kitchen knife with a 4 or 5-inch blade in his sock.

“He gave no explanation for having it,” the inspector said.

The court heard that Gannon has 14 previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher told Judge Catherine Staines that his client had just come out of hospital, having spent the last six weeks in a psychiatric unit. The court heard that Gannon has a longstanding drink and drugs difficulty and had weaned himself off both, but he was still receiving treatment. Mr Meagher said Gannon suffers with anxiety and nerves and carried the knife for his own protection, but had never used it.

The matter was put back to September 13 for a psychiatric report.