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'Stab victim' claimed knife was for protection

A YOUNG man who was caught with a small kitchen knife claimed he had it for his own protection after he was stabbed a few days before.

Louis Larkin (24) even lifted up his top and showed gardai the wound.

Judge David McHugh said the knife was "a particularly offensive-looking implement" and he sentenced Larkin to three months in custody suspended for two years.

He said Larkin would need to stay out of trouble as he would have a suspended sentenced hanging over him.

The defendant, of Dane Road in Ballymun, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a knife at Barry Drive in Finglas on June 3 last.

Garda William O'Keeffe said he was on mobile patrol when he spoke to Larkin, who appeared to be trying to conceal something.

He claimed it was a piece of cannabis, so Garda O'Keeffe searched him under the misuse of drugs and found a small kitchen knife.

The court heard that Larkin has 25 previous convictions, a number which are serious.

Defence solicitor Mairead White said Larkin had been stabbed a few days before this incident and had the knife for his own protection.

Ms White said he accepted he shouldn't have had it.

The court heard that jobless Larkin was living at home and had no addiction problems.