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Dublin Airport chef cleared of weapon charge

A CHEF at Dublin Airport has been cleared of a charge of carrying a screwdriver as a weapon on the grounds late at night.

Lukasz Mroczkowski was arrested and charged with a weapons offence after gardai found him walking towards the terminals with the implement on him.

He insisted he had it to fix his bicycle, which he had just cycled and locked up elsewhere. He also produced identification from the airport, where he said he had worked for six years.

Mr Mroczkowski, of Birchdale Road, Kinsealy, denied possession of a weapon on June 3 last. Garda Martin Lynch told the court he was on patrol in the airport when he saw the accused acting "suspiciously" at Corballis Road at 1.35am.

He searched him and found the 10-in screwdriver concealed under his jumper. He said he found no record of the accused working at the airport.

Mr Mroczkowski explained in evidence that he had worked as a chef in the airport for six years. On the night, he said, he had gone to check on his roster and had the screwdriver on him to fix a faulty lock on his bicycle.

Judge Marie Quirke dismissed the charge at Dublin District Court.