Man un­sheathed sword as Gar­dai searched for drugs

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A SHANKILL man who un­sheathed a large sword as Gar­daí searched his house for drugs had his case sent on to Dun Laoghaire District Court as he was on a sus­pended sen­tence at the time of the of­fence.

Garda Stephen Bol­ger told the court that John Kin­sella, 16 Rath­sal­lagh Drive, was in that house when the drug squad ar­rived to search it.

He said that Kin­sella went to­wards the win­dow and turned around hold­ing the sword. Garda Bol­ger re­treated a num­ber of feet and told the ac­cused to drop the knife.

Garda Bol­ger took out his ba­ton and Kin­sella low­ered the sword, putting it on the kitchen ta­ble.

He was then cuffed and later calmed down and was no longer ag­gres­sive so the cuffs were re­moved.

He was con­victed at Dun Laoghaire District Court in Au­gust 2007 and given a 12 month sus­pended sen­tence on the con­di­tion that he keep the peace for two years.

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