'Aggressive' man claims knife was for bag of coal

Published 27/11/2012|10:02

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A MAN found in possession of a knife on the Main Street in Gorey was discovered in an agitated state by Gardaí. Officers were called to XtraVision on September 18 where a verbal altercation was going on. Accused Martin McDonagh of 23 Clonattin Village was shouting obscenities in front of members of the public.

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He continued to be aggressive after the arrival of the Gardaí, though they told him to calm down.

McDonagh was arrested and a fourinch blade came to light.

Defending solicitor Mark Quinn explained that his client had used the knife the previous night to open a bag of coal. Mr. Quinn maintained that the 50-year-old accused became agitated after he was assaulted by three men in the street. Fines of €150 each were recorded for illegal possession of a knife and for threatening/abusive behaviour in a public place.

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