A CAR passenger who dropped an army knife on the ground when he was stopped by gardai claimed he had it for his own protection.
Barry Walsh's life was under threat at the time, Blanchardstown District Court heard.
Judge David McHugh adjourned sentencing for two weeks.
The 27-year-old defendant, of Huntstown Rise, Mulhuddart, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a knife, contrary to the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act.
Gda Conor Leen said he was on patrol at Wellview Grove, Mulhuddart, shortly after 5pm last October 30 when he stopped a vehicle after becoming suspicious.
Gda Leen said Walsh got out of the passenger seat and dropped an item on the ground.
The officer said Walsh told him he had the weapon for his own protection.
Gda Leen said the item was similar to a Swiss army knife, and contained a number of knives as well as a miniature axe.
Judge McHugh said the item was "brutish looking".
The court heard Walsh has a number of previous convictions.
Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said the defendant's life had been under threat at the time and gardai were aware of this.