A TEENAGER who was caught with a large kitchen knife had it for his own protection as "certain people have an interest in him", a court heard.
Craig Mullarney (18) was on his way to a party with the nine-inch blade when he was stopped by gardai.
He dropped the knife on the ground when he saw the officers.
A judge ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to November after Mullarney's lawyer said his client had "lots of problems outside of here" and could do with the help of the probation services.
The defendant, of Sheepmore Avenue in Clonsilla, had admitted before Blanchards-town District Court to possession of a dangerous weapon. The incident took place at Huntstown Wood, Clonsilla, on September 19.
Garda Sergeant John O'Donovan said gardai were on mobile patrol when they saw the defendant throw something away.
Sgt O'Donovan said the object landed on the ground at Mullarney's feet.
He said the weapon was discovered to be a very large kitchen knife, with a nine-inch blade.