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Man (26) allegedly caught with a 'scalpel-type knife'

THIS is the man who was allegedly caught with a "scalpel-type knife" after he was stopped by gardai on a Dublin city centre street.

Derek Claffey (26) allegedly handed over the knife after he and a friend were stopped by gardai for the purposes of a drugs search.

Judge John O'Neill accepted jurisdiction of the charge and adjourned the matter to a date in September to allow Mr Claffey speak to his solicitor.

The accused, of Greenfort Lawns in Clondalkin, appeared before Dublin District Court charged with possession of a knife.

The offence allegedly took place at Aston Quay in Dublin city centre on August 3 last.

The court heard the DPP has directed summary disposal of the matter in the District Court, where the penalties upon conviction are less severe than in the Circuit Court.

Judge O'Neill accepted jurisdiction after he was told it is alleged that Mr Claffey and a friend were stopped by gardai on Aston Quay for the purposes of a drugs search.

It is alleged Mr Claffey took a "scalpel-type knife" out of his trousers pocket before he was searched and handed it to gardai.

Judge O'Neill order the disclosure of an documents in relation to the allegation.

The court heard Mr Claffey is unemployed and defence solicitor Niall O'Connor was assigned on free legal aid.

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