Sword drawn while Gardaí search residence for drugs
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.