A YOUNG man who had a sword hidden down the leg of his trousers threw it over a garden wall when he saw gardai, a court heard.
Marian Moskwa (23) claimed he had the sword as he was going to meet a friend who wanted to buy it from him.
Judge Dermot Dempsey said Moskwa's story was not plausible. he ordered Moskwa to complete 240 hours community service in lieu of five months in prison.
The defendant, of Seafield Court in Rush, was found guilty before Swords District Court of possession of a weapon around 10.30pm on July 19 last.
Garda Conor Morris said he received an anonymous call about a man carrying a sword in Rush.
Garda Morris said he saw Moskwa, who matched the description he had been given.
The garda said he saw Moskwa remove a long sword from the leg of his trousers and throw it over a wall. He had no excuse for having the weapon.
In his evidence, Moskwa claimed he bought the sword at the Balbriggan market because he liked Asian culture. He said he had the sword displayed in his sitting room but he was selling it to a friend after he offered him €150.
Moskwa claimed he had the sword after 10pm because he was heading to meet his friend, who then rang to say he was too busy to keep the appointment.
Defence lawyer Brendan Foley said that Moskwa was originally from Poland but had lived in Ireland for five years. He had one child.
Finding him guilty, Judge Dempsey ordered Moskwa to complete the community service, pending approval by the probation service.