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Scared man had knife in dole queue

A MAN who produced a knife in a social welfare office said he was scared after he bumped into a man who had stabbed him twice previously.

Marcus Dwyer (33) told people in the dole office that he had a knife, but made no attempt to use it.

He told a court he went out to his car and picked up the knife for his own protection, as he had concerns for his safety.

Dwyer said he was assaulted by a man in 2006 and October 2009 who has since died.

Judge Patrick McMahon gave Dwyer a 12-month sentence suspended for one year.

The judge said there was no excuse for Dwyer's behaviour, and having a knife was not the way to behave.

Dwyer, of The Crescent, Church Road, Mulhuddart, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a knife.

The incident took place at the Social Welfare Office, Cape House, Snugborough Road, Blanchardstown on March 3.

Garda Richard Thornton said gardai received an anonymous call that a man had a knife in the social welfare office.

Gda Thornton said he went to the scene and spoke to Dwyer, who admitted the knife was hidden in his pocket and said he had it for his own protection.

Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said Dwyer, who is on disability payments since he was assaulted in 2006, was in the welfare office when his attacker and two others came into the building.

Ms Brennan said Dwyer was afraid and got a knife from his car. He let it be known he had the knife in the hope the men would keep away from him.