Saturday 21 September 2019

Man who brought knife to meeting with probation officer claimed he was 'planning a feast in Phoenix park'

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Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A MAN who brought a knife to a meeting with his probation officer claimed he was a "fussy eater" and only had it to cut up food for a "feast" he was planning later in the Phoenix Park.

Eamon Deegan (48) maintained he was on a special diet and intended buying steak and vegetables to prepare for his park "feed-up".

He told a judge the knife, which fell to the floor of the probation office, had Brie cheese left on it from its last use.

Judge Bryan Smyth found him guilty of unlawful possession of the knife and gave him a six-month suspended sentence.

Deegan, of Hillview Grove, Ballinteer, had denied the charge.

The probation officer told Dublin District Court the accused came to his office at Haymarket, Smithfield, at 11.10pm on May 18, 2015.

While sitting, the probation officer noticed a black object protruding from underneath Deegan.

"I said 'is that what I think it is?', he shifted position and it fell to the floor," the probation officer said.

When Deegan went to retrieve it, the officer activated the panic alarm.

The black knife's blade was made of hardened plastic.


Deegan had no foodstuffs on him when he was arrested at the nearby Luas stop.

He told the court a dried substance on it was "unpasteurised Brie de Meaux".

Deegan said he only ate healthy food and needed to eat every three hours.

"I was going to go to the park after the meeting and have a feast," he said.

He explained he had no food on him because he was going to buy some.

"I am a very fussy eater," he said. "I can't eat burgers or chips. I am on a very special diet."

He intended to buy raw fruit and vegetables, avocado and steak.

Judge Smyth suspended the sentence for two years.

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