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Teenager caught with knife after throwing bottle

A TEENAGER who foolishly threw a glass bottle at another youth in front of gardai was found with a knife after they stopped and searched him, a court heard.

John Byrne (18) had the knife, which had a 4in blade, concealed down the back of his trousers.

The defendant, of Derry Drive in Crumlin, admitted before Dublin District Court to possession of a knife and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place at South Circular Road, Dublin 8, shortly after 1am on July 13 last.

The court heard that gardai were on mobile patrol when they saw Byrne, who was walking along South Circular Road, throw a bottle at another youth.

It missed him, hit a parked car and smashed to the ground.

Gardai searched the defendant, who was found with the knife concealed in his trousers.

The court heard that Byrne had no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Peter Mullan said the defendant knows the other youth, and there was no antagonism between the pair.

Mr Mullan said Byrne realised the foolishness of his behaviour, he comes from a good family and had never been in trouble before.

Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin said she would leave Byrne without a criminal record if he donated €500 to the Children in Hospital Fund.

She adjourned the matter to a date in October to allow the defendant to save up the money.