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student claimed knife was for art and design course

A YOUNG man caught with a knife after gardai stopped and searched a vehicle in which he was a rear seat passenger had it for his art and design course, a court heard.

Philip Schobande (21) had no explanation for gardai when they stopped the car a short distance from his home.

Judge David McHugh applied the probation act.

The defendant, of Delhurst Terrace in Ongar, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a knife.

Garda Brian O'Connor said he was on mobile patrol shortly before 11pm on November 7 last year when he stopped a car at Delhurst Terrace.

Gda O'Connor said the car was searched and a knife was found under the back seat floor mat, beside where Schobande was sitting.

The court heard Schobande has never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said Schobande is one of five siblings and he lives at home with his mother.

Mr O'Doherty said the defendant was studying art and design in college and had the knife for his coursework.