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Bloodied dad wielded axe in row with son on street

A FATHER-of-five caught wielding an axe during a street row with his teenage son has been jailed for a month.

John Joyce (39) tried to blame the incident on two of his sons, whom he brought to court to lie for him, a judge said.

Joyce, of Moyne Park, Dublin 13, was sentenced after Judge Ann Watkin found him guilty of unlawful possession of a weapon. The sons claimed they had confronted each other with the axe and a golf club in a fight over their scrap metal business.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened near the defendant's halting site home on June 26 last year.

A garda witness said he was at the scene when he saw the defendant with a long-handled axe in his hand in the middle of the road. He was in an argument with his son, John Joyce Jnr. When he saw the gardai, he leaned the axe against a wall.

The accused's hands were cut and bloodied at the time.

Joyce told the court his two sons, John and Patrick, had a "bit of an argument about scrap" on the day.

Judge Watkin said she did not believe a word of the evidence of the defendant or his sons. The accused had 15 previous convictions and had been on a peace bond at the time of the axe incident.

aphelan@herald.ie


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