A Portlaoise man who claimed he had a knife in his pocket in the street at 2am as he had earlier been cutting wires helping his father repair tractors has been given the benefit of the probation act.
Conor Goode (19), Clonroosk Abbey, Portlaoise, was charged with the possession of knives, at Harbour Street, Mountmellick, on November 25, 2016.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said that at 2am that morning, the accused received a text from a neighbour indicating that the neighbour’s niece would be returning from a function soon, requesting the accused to go walk her home.
Defence said that the accused’s father repairs tractors and the accused helps him. The accused had the knife in his pocket as he had cut some wires earlier.
Mr Meagher said his client didn’t explain himself properly on the night to the gardaí.
Judge Catherine Staines asked how had the gardaí’s attention been drawn to the accused, to which Inspector Maria Conway replied that a mobile patrol who knew the accused spotted him at 2.05am.
When the garda spoke to the accused he got a smell of cannabis and searched him, locating the knife.
Insp Conway also said that a small deal bag of cannabis was found, but the accused was not charged in relation to this.
Judge Staines told the accused he shouldn’t have possession of knives, as knives are absolutely lethal and anything could happen.
The judge applied the probation act, section 1.1.