Man 'showed knife' to takeaway owner after row over snowballs
A YOUNG man "showed" a large knife to the boss of a takeaway after being confronted for throwing snowballs at the shop's front window.
Brandon Fitzgerald (21) took out the knife after the pair argued over the incident, a court heard.
Judge David McHugh said he would give Fitzgerald the benefit of the doubt after hearing that the knife was not produced in a "threatening" way.
Adjourning the case, he said he would leave the accused without a criminal record if he made an €80 charity donation.
Fitzgerald, of Buirg An Ri Walk, Balgaddy, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a knife.
Blanchardstown District Court heard the incident happened outside Delish on Main Street, Celbridge, Co Kildare, last January 12.
The court heard it was reported that a number of youths were throwing snowballs at the front window of the takeaway.
Gardai arrived at the scene and spoke to the defendant, who had a knife on him.
He had no previous convictions.
Drink had been consumed and there had been an argument between Fitzgerald and the shopkeeper, his solicitor said.
The accused was living at home with his family and was working at a meat factory in Wexford.
He had done a post-Leaving Certificate course in business.
Two weeks before the incident, Fitzgerald lost his mother and the inquest had not taken place yet, his solicitor said.
It had been a sudden, unexpected death.
Judge McHugh asked Sgt Geraldine McManigan to further explain the incident.
Sgt McManigan said gardai arrived and spoke to the takeaway owner, who said a knife had been produced, but gardai did not see this.
"It wasn't produced in any threatening manner, it was shown rather than produced in a threatening manner," the accused's solicitor said.
Judge McHugh said he was taking into account the fact that the defendant had lost his mother recently.
He said he would give him the "benefit of the doubt".
He adjourned the case to October 19 and said he would "take the case at its highest" and strike it out if €80 was paid to Blanchardstown Hospital.