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Dad picked up slash hook to protect family

A GRANDFATHER picked up a rusty slash hook to protect his family after two men stormed into his home and threatened his teenage daughter, a court heard. Edward McDonagh (50) said the men would not leave his home, and as a concerned parent he was worried for the safety of his family.

Edward McDonagh (50) said the men would not leave his home, and as a concerned parent he was worried for the safety of his family.

A judge sentenced McDonagh to six months in prison suspended for two years.

The defendant admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a slash hook at his home at St Mary's Halting Site in Finglas.

Garda Brendan Carey said he was called to the halting site shortly after 2am on January 19 last following reports of an altercation between a number of males.

Garda Carey said a drunken McDonagh was standing a short distance from his caravan holding the slash hook.

The court heard the defendant has four previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Amanda Connolly said McDonagh is married and has eight children and four grandchildren, who he helps look after following the death of their mother.

Ms Connolly said McDonagh was at home with his family when two men came into his caravan and threatened his teenager daughter.

They were told to leave, but refused to do so, and the defendant picked up the slash hook as he felt his family were under threat.

Ms Connolly said McDonagh had the weapon for self-defence and did not intend to use it. He now realises his behaviour was out of order.

Judge Anthony Halpin said McDonagh left his caravan and was heading elsewhere with the weapon, and the incident could have resulted in fatalities.

The judge sentenced him to six months in prison suspended for two years.


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