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Knuckleduster was hidden in man's sock

A YOUNG man caught with a knuckleduster told gardai he had it for his own protection, a court heard.

Craig Teeling (20) was found with the knuckleduster hidden in his sock after gardai approached a group of youths who were acting suspiciously in west Dublin.

Judge John Lindsay applied the Probation Act.

The defendant, of Barry Park, Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a knuckleduster.

Sgt Maria Callaghan said officers were on mobile patrol at Willow Park Crescent, Finglas, at around 8pm last April 27 when they came across a group of youths acting suspiciously. Sgt Callaghan said Teeling was searched and the knuckleduster was found concealed in his sock.

He told gardai that he was carrying it for his own protection.

The court heard that Teeling has six previous convictions, most of them for public order matters.

Teeling's defence lawyer said his client has not come to garda attention since the knuckleduster incident, which he had immediately admitted.

The court heard Teeling has been working with an unemployment centre in Belfast.

Judge Lindsay said everyone gets one chance in his court.