A 73-year-old musician who once performed with The Furey Brothers was caught with a scissors in Cork but he said it belonged to his girlfriend who used it for tailoring.
Members of the public rang gardaí because of concerns they had about a man on Lower Glanmire Road in Cork at 5pm on August 13 2020. Detective Garda Mary Enneguess arrived at the scene to see Patrick McCann who matched the description given to gardaí.
Garda Enneguess went to search the 73-year-old when he produced a scissors from his pocket and handed it to the garda.
Judge Olann Kelleher said of the accused, “This man played with The Furey’s.”
The defendant appeared by video link from prison at Cork District Court. The judge asked him if he understood what Det. Garda Enneguess had said.
Patrick McCann asked, “Was it a guard or a woman who met me?” To some laughter in court, Judge Kelleher said to the 73-year-old, “You can’t say that anymore.”
The defendant went on to say he was with his girlfriend and added, “She does a bit of tailoring and dressmaking."
Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said, “He acknowledges he had it.” Mr McCann said, “I had it for no harm. You can open tins with it. I come from very quiet people. I didn’t think any harm of it.”
Judge Kelleher said, “I remember dealing with this man before. He should not be carrying scissors. But I will give him the benefit of the doubt. I accept the garda’s evidence but I will strike it out.”
The accused is presently serving a sentence recently imposed on him in Dublin. Sergeant John Kelleher said Patrick McCann of no fixed address had 366 previous convictions.