Prison sentence for possession of knife

A DEFENDANT who admitted having a knife in his possession when searched by gardai was handed down an eight-month prison sentence at Kilkenny Court.

A DEFENDANT who admitted having a knife in his possession when searched by gardai was handed down an eight-month prison sentence at Kilkenny Court.

William Fitzgerald, 9 Vicar Street was convicted of the offence at Supermacs on January 9.

The court heard that on the date in question the defendant was asleep in the fast food restaurant. When he was ‘roused’ by gardai he told them the knife was ‘an antique. The knife was in a backpack which also contained the defendant’s clothing. The defendant told the court that the bag also contained clothing and that he was on the way to stay at his sisters house.

“He wanted to stay at his sisters house as he had court the next day. He had no reasonable excuse for having the knife,” his solicitor, Mr Michael Lanigan said. Mr Lanigan added that the knife looked ‘more like a steak knife’. The court heard that the defendant has two previous convictions for similar types offences.

Mr Lanigan outlined to the court that his client has a history of homelessness. “This is the source of many of his difficulties. His mother passed away in the not so distant past and the family home was a local authority house was put in the name of another person. My client took this very badly and was reliant on the kindness of concerned people was was going from place to place at the time,” Mr Lanigan said. Judge David Anderson sentenced him to eight months in prison.

The defendant was also charged with burglary at O’Donnells Public House in Bennettsbridge on December 13 and the unauthorised taking of a car at Middleknock on the Carlow Road on the same date. Judge David Anderson dismissed before charges.