A DRUNKEN man caught at night with a homemade shank knife — made by melting a biro as a handle on to a blade — is to be sentenced on June 4.
The case came up at Cork District Court but the defendant’s solicitor, Diarmuid Kelleher, said he had told the accused not to attend court because of Coronavirus restrictions.
Judge Olann Kelleher said the accused should be in court on the next occasion for sentencing.
The defendant claimed he had it for gutting fish. Anthony Crowley, of 87 Thomas Davis Street, denied having the knife without a lawful purpose.
“It was a substitute for a fishing knife. I made it up for that, for gutting fish,” Crowley testified.
During the contested case, earlier this year, Mr Kelleher, asked Crowley, 36, “Do you go fishing often?”
He replied, “Yeah, all the time.”
He explained that he had an argument with his girlfriend that morning and needed to get out of the house.
He said he made up the knife for fishing and went off.
“I was on my way to go fishing, I was upset over the argument, I done something stupid — something I didn’t do in four years — I bought drink,” he said.
Judge Olann Kelleher said the shank knife, which was produced in evidence in a clear plastic container, was a dangerous implement.
Crowley replied: “It wouldn’t cut butter.”
Crowley insisted he had a gear bag and a fishing rod in his hand when he was arrested. Garda Damien Cronin said he did not recall the accused having a fishing rod but did have a bag on his back.
“Definitely, 100 per cent I had a fishing rod,” Crowley said.
Judge Kelleher said: “I find the facts proved. I do not accept his explanation.”
He fined him €200 for being drunk and a danger and adjourned the knife charge. This will now be dealt with on June 4. The judge said after the hearing that he wanted to see how the accused would behave in the meantime.