29 Nov 2021

'Knives don't appear as attractive when you're off the drink', judge tells Longford man

Judge Seamus Hughes

Judge Seamus Hughes convicted and fined a Longford man at a recent District Court sitting for knife possession

A man charged and found guilty of knife possession was told by Judge Seamus Hughes last week: “Knives don’t appear as attractive when you are off the drink.”

The remarks were addressed at Patrick McDonagh (47), 119 MacEoin Park, Longford after he was fined a total of €210 arising out of two separate incidents at MacEoin Park and Farnagh, Longford on October 5, 2016 and May 6, 2018, respectively.

As he approached the bench last week, Mr McDonagh said he had remained free from any form of alcohol for the past nine months.

Asked by the judge if he would recommend such a lifestyle to others, Mr McDonagh replied: “I would.”

Passing judgement on those remarks, Judge Hughes said: “Knives don’t appear to be as attractive when you are off the drink.”

Sgt Paddy McGirl appeared to support Mr McDonagh’s take on his own behaviour of late by confirming the Longford man had not come to the attention of gardaí in the times since the offences before the court.

Judge Hughes rounded off affairs by fining Mr McDonagh €105 for the knife possession and a further €105 for the Section 6 public order charge.

A Section 8 charge of failing to comply with a garda’s direction was struck out.

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