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Dad-of-four jailed for carrying blade

A FATHER-of-four who dropped a kitchen knife when gardai saw him walking along a city street has been jailed for eight months.

Ray Duignan was found guilty of possession of a weapon when he appeared in Dublin District Court.

Duignan (34), of Shangan Road, Ballymun, had denied the charge.

Garda Mark Murphy said he was on patrol at Mountjoy Street on at 2.55am on April 4 when he watched Duignan walking in the opposite direction.

The garda turned the patrol car around to see if he knew him and noticed the blade of a knife in his right hand.

"He turned and looked at the patrol car and saw us and at that stage he dropped the knife to the ground." When gardai retrieved the knife and questioned him about it, Duignan denied all knowledge of it.

He said he was on his way from a 21st birthday party and he had stopped to get food from a takeaway.

The knife was on the ground and the garda "jumped to a conclusion", the defendant's barrister said.

Judge Victor Blake found Duignan guilty. The court heard he had 59 previous convictions for offences, including robbery, car theft and hit-and-run.

He had been addicted to heroin for many years and was now stable on methadone, his lawyer said.

The court also heard that Duignan's fifth child was born two and a half weeks ago.