A MECHANIC who had an extendable baton on the back seat of his car claimed that he had it for his own protection.
Przemyslaw Bodo (30) was also found with a knife, which he claimed he'd forgotten about. It had been in his car for over a year, a court heard.
A judge applied the Probation Act after Bodo donated €200 to the court poor box.
The defendant, of Allendale Square, Ongar, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to two counts of possession of an article which could cause injury to, incapacitate or intimidate another person.
The first incident took place at Clonsilla Road on October 6 and the second took place three days later, near his home at Allendale Square, after gardai noticed him driving erratically on Blanchardstown Road North. In relation to the first incident, Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai saw Bodo driving at speed through Clonsilla village.
They followed him, and stopped him near his home, where he consented to his vehicle being searched.
During the search, an extendable baton was found on the rear passenger seat.
Bodo told gardai he had the baton for his own protection.
Three days later, gardai again saw Bodo driving erratically on Blanchardstown Road North. They stopped the car at his home and searched it. During the search a knife, with a spring and blade attached, were found in a compartment on the back seat.
Bodo claimed he had forgotten about the knife, which he said had been in the car for over a year.
The court heard the defendant had no previous convictions.
Defence lawyer said Bodo was originally from Poland. He worked as a part-time mechanic and lived with his wife and two children.
The lawyer said Bodo accepted the weapons were in the car, but said he'd forgotten about the knife which had been there for a long time.
The court heard the defendant now realised that he could not carry a weapon for his own protection.
Judge John O'Neill said that if Bodo felt he was being threatened by anyone then he should report the matter to the gardai.
Judge O'Neill ordered Bodo to donate €200 to the court poor box and said he would strike out the charges.