Naas Court hears homeless man with 5 inch knife on Main St had it 'for his own protection'

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Naas Court hears homeless man with 5 inch knife on Main St had it  'for his own protection'
11:57 Saturday 22nd of September 2018

A homeless man has been sentenced to four months in prison after being found by Gardaí  a with knife on the Main St in Naas.

The 27-year-old, with an address at Peter McVerry Trust,  appeared before Naas District Court on Thursday in connection to two charges of being found in possession of knives, one for possession of cannabis and one for public order.

Sgt Brian Jacob outlined to Naas District Court how the accused, who was found earlier in the week, while 'begging on the streets', was found in possession of €20 worth of cannabis, at James Lane, Newbridge, in 2017.

Sgt Jacob told the court how the accused on October 14, 2017, at Main St, Naas, had a 'five inch kitchen knife' and said 'it was for his own protection.'

The court heard how on August 2017, he was 'aggressive and highly intoxicated' at Eyre St, Newbridge.

Sgt Jacob said that the accused was shouting to Gardaí and was 'staggering'.

The court heard how he was also found in possession of a knife.

Defence Solicitor, David Gibbons said: "He began  taking heroin at the age of 13.  Since then he has struggled with mental health problems."

Judge Desmond Zaidan said that it is of concern that 80% of the prison's population consists of people who have drank excessively or taken illicit drugs.

The Judge said: "Very rarely would I accept that a person had a knife, but he had a knife because he was sleeping rough".

The accused is remanded in custody until November on other matters. He has been sentenced to four months in prison for possession of a knife in Naas. All the other charges were taken into consideration.

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