Kilkenny man jailed for possession of knuckle duster

Mary Cody

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Mary Cody

A Kilkenny man has been sentenced to two years in prison with the final year suspended after he was caught with a knuckle duster and a flick knife at Dublin Airport.

A Kilkenny man has been sentenced to two years in prison with the final year suspended after he was caught with a knuckle duster and a flick knife at Dublin Airport.

Vincent Clowry (28) of O’Loughlin Road, Kilkenny City, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing the weapons at the airport on October 12, 2011.

Garda Gary Dillane told Caroline Cummings BL, prosecuting, that the knuckle-duster and the flick knife showed up in an x-ray machine at a security checkpoint. Clowry had arrived back to Dublin on a flight from Bulgaria when he was caught with the items.

He told gardaí that he had been on holidays and had been asked to buy the weapons, and had done so without thinking about it.

The court heard that he has 89 previous convictions mostly for burglary, theft and road traffic offences.

Sandra Frayne BL, defending, said Clowry has an on-going drug problem and is due to start a methadone maintenance programme this week.

She said her client has been in custody since last Sunday for a District Court matter involving breach of curfew.

Clowry’s girlfriend is due to give birth in a few weeks’ time.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring sentenced Clowry to two years in prison with the final 12 months suspended.