A man found in possession of a Stanley blade said he had it for his own personal protection.
Before Naas District Court on July 6 was Adrian Conroy, 51, whose address was given as Fr Peter McVerry homeless shelter, Kerdiffstown House, Naas, admitted having a blade, contrary to the Firearms and Offences Weapons Act on August 30 last at Dublin Road in the town.
Defending solicitor Tim Kennelly told the court that the defendant suffered from chronic alcoholism and had ended up homeless.
“It’s an example of what alcohol can do to someone,” said Mr Kennelly, adding that the defendant was “the only person who suffered here.”
He also added that he had a letter from the St Francis Farm rehabilitation community and the defendant has previously done quite well in the building industry.
He said that he is “on his way back up the ladder.”
Jude Cephas Power commented that anybody cannot carry a Stanley blade around.
Placing the defendant on a three year probation bond, Judge Power said that if the defendant does not reoffend again the matter would be dismissed.
Subscribe or register today to discover more from DonegalLive.ie
Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.
Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.