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AN IT student who had a utility knife in his car when stopped by gardai claimed he used it when working with computers.

Kyriacos Petrou (30) was put on a one-year probation bond by Judge Geraldine Carthy, who said she was “not satisfied” with his explanation for having the blade.

Petrou, of no fixed address at the time, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a knife.

Dublin District Court heard gardai stopped a car at Swords Road, Whitehall, at 5.15pm last March 15.

Petrou was driving and had a utility knife with a four inch blade in the car.

He told gardai it was for work purposes, but could not provide the name of an employer.

The accused knew he should not have had a knife in his possession.

Petrou was an Irish national and had worked throughout his life.

He was currently living in hostel accommodation with his partner.

He was studying IT, did some work assisting in computer operations and “uses it to connect wires”, the court heard.

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He was hoping to go to university for a degree course.


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