Pris­oner has meat cleaver charge dropped

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A man has claimed a meat cleaver found in his car in Stephen’s Street Car Park was bor­rowed from his mother for chop­ping gro­ceries he had just bought.

David Mo­ran (28) of Calry Court, Stephen Street, pleaded guilty to the pos­ses­sion of knives in his car out­side his home on 5 th De­cem­ber 2016.

The court heard Mo­ran is cur­rently serv­ing a five and a half year prison sen­tence and is due to be re­leased March 2021.

In­spec­tor Paul Kil­coyne said that Gar­daí stopped and searched Mo­ran’s car that day and found a meat cleaver in the door of his car. At the time, Mo­ran said it was for “chop­ping herbs.”

In court last week, Mo­ran said he had just bought steak and bor­rowed the cleaver off his mother to cut it up.

“If I was go­ing to use it for a weapon I wouldn’t use a meat cleaver,” he added.

“Your hon­our he’s telling the truth,” said a woman in the court­room.

Judge Kil­rane said a con­vic­tion was “not go­ing to al­ter things hugely” and struck it out.

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