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Driver had slash hook and razor, court told

A FATHER-of-four caught with a slash hook, hatchet, and a cutthroat razor when gardai stopped and searched his vehicle claimed he had them for his own protection, a court heard.

John Paul Ward (29) was allegedly involved in an ongoing family feud and was concerned for his own safety.

Judge James McDonnell adjourned the matter for four weeks.

The judge also refused to grant Ward free legal aid after the court heard his wife, Winnie, was the owner of a 2007-registered black Volvo S40, which she bought for €8,300.

Judge McDonnell said he believed Mrs Ward could sell the car to pay for her husband's legal expenses.

In her evidence, Mrs Ward said she needed the car to bring her children to school, and was unable to sell it to assist her husband.

The defendant, of MacUilliam Green in Tallaght, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with three counts of possession of dangerous weapons.

The first alleged incident took place at MacUilliam Avenue, Tallaght on February 11, while the second allegedly occurred on August 3 at the Fortunestown Inn car park.

The court heard the DPP had directed summary disposal of the matters in the District Court.

Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Garda Sergeant Carmel Henry said gardai stopped Ward driving his wife's car on February 11.

The car was searched and two hatchets were allegedly found, one in the boot and a second one beside the handbrake.

Sgt Henry said Ward was stopped on August 3, and the Volvo S40 was searched a second time.


The sergeant alleged a very large slash hook was found in the front of the car, and when Ward was searched he was found with a very sharp cutthroat razor concealed in his tracksuit.

The defendant allegedly claimed the weapons were for his own protection due to an ongoing family feud.

Judge McDonnell accepted jurisdiction of the matters.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy asked for the statements of the allegations and the matter was adjourned.