A father of two told a court that he took responsibility for a knife that was found in his vehicle.
William Harty, Apt 4, Maudlin Street was convicted of being in possession of a knife at Lower Bridge Street, Callan on December 17, 2015. He also admits being intoxicated in a public place and to engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at Maudlin Street on June 26.
The court heard that gardai found a knife in a vehicle belonging to the defendant. When asked who owned the knife the defendant said that he took responsibility for it.
In his direct evidence William Harty told the court that he had ‘no knowledge of the knife’ and that he ‘never knew it was there’.
Judge Colin Daly told the court that he was satisfied that Mr Harty was found to be in possession of the knife and that he did not provide an explanation for it.
“I am also satisfied that he took responsibility for the knife and that he was in possession of the knife,” he said and convicted him of the offence under the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act.
A plea was also entered to a number of public order offences. Sergeant Alma Molloy said that while dealing with a domestic incident gardai met with the defendant, who was highly intoxicated. He began to abuse gardai, calling them ‘pigs’ and telling them to ‘f**k off’.
The court heard that the defendant has 43 previous convictions, including several convictions for offences under the Public Order Act.
The court heard that the defendant is engaging with the Probation Services, that there was ‘nothing sinister’ involved and that the knife was found in the passenger pocket.
The court also heard that the defendant had given up drink since July 2015.
“He had a relapse on the night. The Rod Stewart concert was on and there was a party atmosphere in the town,” said Mr Hogan.
In relation to the knife offence Judge Daly adjourned the matter to November 8 and ordered that a Probation Report be ready on that date and that the report include a recommendation as to whether the defendant is suitable for community service.
Judge Daly convicted the defendant of being intoxicated in a public place, of engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and imposed fines totaling €401.