“You cannot carry knives in the city of Cork,” a district judge declared as he sentenced a man for six months for visibly carrying a knife on a bus.
Anthony Foley, 28, of 20 The Maples, Bridgemount, Carrigaline, County Cork, was sentenced by Judge Olann Kelleher for carrying the weapon.
Sergeant Gearóid Davis said the young man was caught with the knife while travelling in a bus.
Judge Olann Kelleher said, “He was in the back of a bus with a knife in the waistband of his pants. It is a serious matter.”
Eddie Burke, solicitor said that while the defendant did have previous convictions he had none for knives.
The accused had two six-month suspended sentences handing over him at the time of this offence in December 2019.
Mr Burke said the defendant had been keeping his head down, keeping off drink and his family were ‘policing’ him.
Judge Kelleher said of the incident, “He is carrying a knife in a bus full of passengers. People are so concerned the gardaí are notified.
“I sentence him to six months.” At the time the young man claimed that he had brought the knife as a gift for a relative.
Judge Kelleher said, “You cannot carry knives in the city of Cork, particular on a bus, frightening everybody involved.”
Recognisances were set at €500 in cash in the event of an appeal.