A 28 year old man who was found in possession of a blade when he was stopped and searched , is facing 100 hours community service or a two month sentence.
Gregory Casey with an address at Castleross, Dundalk was before Dundalk district court last week charged with possessing an offensive weapon at Castleross on the 13th of May last year.
Garda Insp. Brendan Cadden told the court that the blade of a knife was found in the defendant’s jacket pocket and the handle of the blade was also recovered.
The court heard the defendant had seven previous convictions including drugs offences and affray.
The defence solicitor said his client wished to apologise and accepted it was unwise to carry items like these on his person. He added the accused had had difficulties in the past but had put those matters behind him.
The solicitor explained that the defendant was concerned for his safety and had been the victim of assault in the past.
Judge William Hamill remanded the accused on continuing bail so a report could be prepared assessing the defendant’s suitability to perform community service.
The Judge said he had 100 hours community service in mind in lieu of a two month sentence.