Sunday 17 December 2017

Man used kitchen knives to chase off car vandals

Paul McCormack was drunk during the incident, the court heard.
Paul McCormack was drunk during the incident, the court heard.

Eimear Cotter

A MAN rushed out of his parents' house armed with two knives because a gang of youths was jumping on the bonnet of his mother's car.

Paul McCormack (23) drunkenly decided to take matters into his own hands after the gang knocked off the vehicle's wing mirror.

He came out of the house roaring and shouting at the youths, who then ran away. But he chased after them with two 12-inch kitchen knives in his pocket.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the matter for six weeks to see if McCormack was suitable to complete 100 hours' community service in lieu of serving a three-month prison term.

The defendant, from Beatty Grove in Celbridge, Co Kildare, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of two large kitchen knives.


Garda sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were called to an incident at Ashgrove in Celbridge shortly before 4.30am on September 22 last year.

Sgt Callaghan added that officers spoke to McCormack who produced two large knives from a pocket inside his hoodie.

A defence lawyer told the court that his client had been out with friends at a nightclub and had come home shortly before the incident with the gang.

He then heard a commotion outside the family home and when he looked out he saw a number of youths on the bonnet of his mother's car.

The lawyer said that there were 12 or 13 young people outside McCormack's house, and that they had knocked one of the side mirror's off the vehicle.

The defendant was furious at their behaviour so he armed himself with two knives and went outside to confront the gang.

The court was told that McCormack, a qualified computer programmer, started shouting at the youths and followed them across the green area from his house.

McCormack accepted that his behaviour was foolish.

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