A man was caught carrying a knife in Cork city on six separate occasions and today he was jailed for 18 months for these and other crimes.
Judge Olann Kelleher remarked on the serious concern about knife-related crime in the city as he sentenced Dean Madden today at Cork District Court.
Madden had told gardaí that he was carrying a knife for his own protection while on the streets.
Defence solicitor, Frank Buttimer, said in the course of an outline of the defendant’s background, “He has been the victim of some violent acts.”
Judge Kelleher said, “He cannot be carrying knives in the city, it is a danger to himself and everyone else. The court has to mark that.”
Sergeant John Kelleher outlined the background to the crimes committed by Dean Madden formerly of Lagan Grove, Mayfield, Cork.
The judge also expressed concern about a theft. On November 16, 2019 a man left a wallet containing €1,300 on the counter of the post office in Montenotte and left without it. The defendant entered afterwards and removed it.
Judge Kelleher noted from the statement of this theft victim that it had shaken his confidence and he found himself scared and much more conscious of everything going on around him.
On December 13, 2019 at Carroll’s Quay car park, an area known for drug use, the sergeant said Madden had cannabis resin and a concealed knife.
As well as having the knife that time he admitted having a knife on five other occasions at Devonshire Street, Shandon Street, at Lagan Grove and twice on St. Patrick’s Street.
Madden also admitted breaking into a car at Kerry Road, Mayfield on May 26.
And finally, he confessed to stealing a bottle of coke and roll of tinfoil at Euro Giant, North Main Street on April 23.
Mr Buttimer said the accused had lost his family through his heroin addiction. The solicitor said that while the accused did go for addiction treatment he did not follow through with aftercare.