Athy court house
A man found with a knife in his pocket after being stopped and searched by gardai was sentenced to six months in jail at Athy district court on Tuesday.
Michael Foley with an address listed as 96 Coney Meadows, Conyboro, Athy came to the attention of gardai on February 15 last where he was found to be in possession of a knife.
The court that gardai were on patrol on Woodstock Street at 11am when they spotted two men with their faces covered and acting suspiciously. They stopped and searched the men and gardai found a knife in the pocket of Michael Foley.
The court heard from garda evidence that they were acting suspiciously in an area where the sale and supply of drugs had been encountered before.
When the knife was found Mr Foley told gardai that it was for his own protection. The court heard that it had been given to him and that he went down town and forgot about it.
Judge Desmond Zaidan was told that Mr Foley has 72 previous convictions, including burglary from March of last year when he received a sentence of three years with one year suspended.
He has numerous convictions for theft and one for escaping lawful custody.
When Judge Zaidan asked why he had to protect himself, Mr Foley said he had forgotten that it was in his pocket. “I’d no intention to harm anyone,” he said.
His solicitor Jacqueline McManus asked for a chance for her client and suggested enrolling the help of the probation services. “He’s had so many chances,” said Judge Zaidan. He convicted and sentenced him to six months in custody.