Sword drawn while Gar­daí search res­i­dence for drugs

Bray People - - Special Report -

A SHANKILL MAN who un­sheathed a two-foot long sword as Gar­daí searched his house for drugs was given a jail term at Bray District Court.

Ev­i­dence given by Garda Stephen Bol­ger at a pre­vi­ous court sit­ting said that John Kin­sella of 16 Rath­sal­lagh Drive, was in the house on Novem­ber 15 last year 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 few feet and told Kin­sella to drop the knife.

He then took out his ba­ton and Kin­sella placed the sword on the kitchen ta­ble.

At last week’s District Court the De­fence So­lic­i­tor told the court that Kin­sella is a man liv­ing on his nerves be­cause there have been a num­ber of at­tacks on his house by thugs.

The 29-year-old who lives with his par­ents is heav­ily med­i­cated on a daily ba­sis and is on 130 millil­itres of methadone a day.

‘There is no ac­cept­able ex­cuse to un­sheathe a two-foot long sword on Gar­daí,’ said Judge Con­nel­lan.

For ob­struc­tion Kin­sella was given six months be­hind bars and for pro­duc­tion of a knife he was given an­other six months in jail to run con­sec­u­tively. Judge Con­nel­lan or­dered that the sword be con­fis­cated to the state for de­struc­tion.

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