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Man with knife said he would kill gardai

A DUBLIN man threatened to kill gardai outside a nightclub where he had to be tackled to the ground for approaching patrons with a knife.

David Power (40) was holding the knife in plain view as he leaned over a barrier and spoke to customers in the smoking area. After it was taken off him, he threatened to kill staff and gardai.



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Power failed to turn up in court to answer a weapons charge, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Power, of Huntstown Drive, Mulhuddart, had earlier denied possession of a knife.

Judge Grainne Malone issued the warrant after finding him guilty in his absence at Dublin District Court.

The doorman, Brian Grendon, told the court that he was working at Club 21, D'Olier Street on November 5, 2011 when he noticed Power talking to people outside.

He was standing in the street, leaning over the barrier and had a knife in his hand.

Mr Grendon said he had been involved in an incident involving a man with a knife some months previously.

The defendant was getting aggressive and he decided he was not going to take any chances.

He said the doormen took the accused to the ground and took the knife off him.



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Some customers alleged that the defendant was offering them drugs and "getting aggressive". Gardai were called and he threatened to kill staff and the officers.

The court heard he had 129 previous convictions. Judge Malone issued the warrant to have him brought before the court for sentencing.

aphelan@herald.ie


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