CARRYING a knife on the street is worse than a loaded gun as it can be used more secretively, a Circuit Court judge said.
Judge Brian O’Callaghan refused an appeal against a six-month jail term and said that he had considered increasing the sentence rather than reducing or replacing it.
Mariusz Krawczyk, aged 42, raised certain concerns if not fears in the Churchfield area of Cork when he was seen walking down the street carrying a large knife.
Sergeant Brendan Kelly testified at Cork Circuit Appeals Court that gardaí received a number of phone calls from members of the public who were concerned about the sight of this man carrying a knife.
Gardaí arrived at Churchfield Avenue and saw Krawczyk of Churchfield Avenue, Churchfield, Cork, carrying a knife as he walked down the street.
Sgt Kelly said that among his seven previous convictions Krawczyk had one for having a knife in 2013 for which he got a community service order instead of a jail term.
Now again for the latest incident, he had been given a community service order but was unable to do the community work.
So instead, a six-month sentence was imposed.
The defendant said, through his barrister John Devlin, that he would now do the community service and could do this work after all.
Judge O’Callaghan said: “This man was walking down the street and a person, who was shocked or maybe felt threatened, made a report to gardaí.
“How does a man walking down the street with a weapon get any less than six months in prison?
“Knives on the street do not go. It is as simple as that.
“A knife is a loaded gun as far as this court is concerned. It can be used even more surreptitiously than a gun.
“The six months in prison was merited.”