A woman who admitted possession of a knife but told gardaí she did not know how it came into her possession was handed down a suspended sentence at Kilkenny District Court.
Shannon Dunne, Clonmore, Piltown admitted the offence which took place in Kilkenny City on December 2, 2020.
Garda Liam Murphy told the court that at 1.40am he was on mobile patrol on Dean Street when he observed two people loitering in the vicinity.
The garda spoke with the defendant who said that she was visiting a friend. Subsequently the defendant was searched and during the course of the search a knife was found in her handbag, The defendant told gardaí that the knife was not hers and that she was ‘holding it for someone’.
The defendant has nine previous convictions, including convictions for handling stolen property. theft and public order offences.
The court heard that none of the defendant’s previous offences relate to the possession of a knife.
Solicitor Chris Hogan said that at the time of the offending behaviour his client was addicted to tablets and had ‘a limited recollection’ of what had taken place on the night in question.
Mr Hogan said that although the knife was found on his client’s person it was for another individual. He outlined how his client had been travelling by bus earlier that night and had met someone on the bus and they had both got off the bus in Kilkenny.
“She does not know how the knife got into her possession,” he said adding that since the incident his client ‘has addressed her issue with tablets’.
Mr Hogan outlined how his client ‘had a difficult upbringing’ and ‘had travelled to Scotland for work’ after the incident.
“She is engaging with the Probation Services at the moment and has not got into any difficulty since,” he said.
Judge Carthy said that it was ‘quite concerning that she does not know how the knife got into her bag’. She sentenced her to two months which she suspended on condition she engage with the Probation Services.
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