Longford District Court: Man says he had knife to cut carpet

A man who pleaded guilty of knife possession in Longford town earlier this month has been fined €150 by District Court Judge Seamus Hughes.

Alan Whelan, with an address at 14 Cloverwell, Edgeworthstown, Longford was handed the monetary penalty after being stopped and searched by gardaí at Chapel Street, Longford on January 10 2018.

Detective Sergeant Frank Finn said he found the knife on Mr Whelan after coming across a group of youngsters at around 5:45pm.

As he approached them, Det Sgt Finn said a number of them attempted to run away.
After a short chase, the Garda Sergeant tracked down Mr Whelan and searched him.

“I was concerned that he may be in possession of a weapon and searched him under Section 16 (of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act, 1990),” said Det Sgt Finn.

Defending, Fiona Baxter said her client had informed the Det Sgt that the knife had been used for the purposes of cutting carpet from earlier in the day.

“He (Mr Whelan) said something about doing something with the floor,” replied Det Sgt Finn.
Ms Baxter, in continuing her mitigation, said Mr Whelan was a man of 23 year of age who had never come to the attention of gardaí up until the aforementioned incident.

She added Mr Whelan had been working with a cleaning company in the lead up to Christmas and was currently seeking permanent employment.
Det Sgt Finn agreed with much of those sentiments, adding Mr Whelan had been “very cooperative” in the wake of his arrest.

Judge Hughes signed off proceedings by fining Mr Whelan €150.

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