A FORMER city councillor has received a six-month suspended prison sentence for carrying a knife.
Gary O'Flynn (37) of Hayfield Drive, Castle Court, Whitechurch, Co Cork, was convicted of being drunk, of being threatening and abusive, and of possessing a pen-knife.
O'Flynn (pictured right), a former Fianna Fail councillor on Cork City Council, had denied all three charges but was found guilty at Cork District Court
The charges related to an incident at Gorby's nightclub on Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork, on February 26, 2011.
At a trial last December the court heard that the owner of the club, Niall Kearney, had approached O'Flynn over an allegation, refuted by Mr O'Flynn, that he had thrown a drink over a woman.
Mr Kearney told the court that O'Flynn had told him to go "f*** himself" and had refused to accompany him to a quieter part of the club.
Gardai were called and O'Flynn refused to leave. O'Flynn was arrested and was later found to have a pen-knife in his possession.
The court heard that Garda Ciaran O'Donovan said that O'Flynn was the most difficult and arrogant man he had ever met in his 40 years of service.
Defence counsel Ray Boland told Judge Olann Kelleher that the whole dispute was almost entirely verbal and that nobody was threatened with immediate physical violence.
He said that there had been a lot of publicity in relation to the case and that it had had a considerable effect on O'Flynn and his family.
Mr Boland asked the judge to take that into consideration."Some people attract more attention than others. The publicity attended in this matter alone has had a huge effect on his business," he said.
The judge said it was a "very dangerous and fraught night for the people involved." He said that everyone knew of the difficulties caused in relation to knives in Cork city.
"It's a matter for this court to make sure people who carry knives know they are at risk of prison," said the judge.
The judge accepted O'Flynn was a man of previous good character and had no previous convictions.
He imposed a six-month prison sentence for possession of a knife, which he suspended for a period of two years on condition that O'Flynn keep the peace and be of good behaviour.
He fined O'Flynn a total of €800 for the two public-order charges.