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Son held knife and knuckleduster up to mum, court told


Defendant Stephen Hennessy at an earlier court appearance

Defendant Stephen Hennessy at an earlier court appearance

Defendant Stephen Hennessy at an earlier court appearance

A young man accused of walking up to his mother and a garda with a knuckleduster and kitchen knife has been sent for trial on weapons charges.

Stephen Hennessy (22) is accused of raising a weapon in each hand while bare-chested during a confrontation in his home in Clondalkin.

He had a book of evidence served on him when he app-eared before Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Hennessy is alleged to have produced both weapons during the course of a dispute at his home address at Buirg An Ri Walk, Balgaddy, on August 6, 2017.

The charges allege that he produced the implements in a manner likely to intimidate while appearing to be about to commit an assault.

A state solicitor told the court the book of evidence was ready and was served on Mr Hennessy.

Judge David McHugh gave the accused the formal notice that he must provide any alibi details to the prosecution within 14 days.


He sent Mr Hennessy forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court and legal aid was assigned.

The DPP had consented to the case being dealt with at district court level, but Judge McHugh had refused to acc-ept jurisdiction at an earlier hearing.

The court previously heard that gardai were called to the house on the day in question.

It was alleged the accused was bare-chested and was pulled back into the house by a friend.

Gardai spoke to the alleged injured party, who said she had had a fight with her son, Sgt Maria Callaghan told the court in evidence at the earlier hearing.

It was alleged that the acc-used was in the kitchen with a knife in one hand and knuckle- duster in the other.

He "walked towards the garda and his mother with the weapons raised", Sgt Callaghan alleged.

Mr Hennessy was directed to desist and did so, she said.

Mr Hennessy has not yet entered pleas to the charges, which are under the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act.