Man had knife as he thought he was in dan­ger

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

A 21-year-old man was car­ry­ing a knife be­cause he thought he was be­ing fol­lowed, Sligo Dis­trict Court heard. Mark O’Dowd, of Leaf­foney, Kil­glass, Co Sligo was charged with pos­ses­sion of a knife at Ash­bury Lodge, Ballinode on Oc­to­ber 20 th 2017. A fur­ther charge of tres­pass at the same ad­dress on the same date was struck out. Mr John Gor­don so­lic­i­tor (de­fend­ing) said his client had been a stu­dent at the time in IT Sligo. He had men­tal health prob­lems and was en­gag­ing with the men­tal health ser­vices and his psy­chosis was that thought he was be­ing fol­lowed by peo­ple and he took it inot his head to carry a knife.

He had since given up col­lege and was work­ing and do­ing well. In­spec­tor Donal Sweeney said on the date in ques­tion at 3:20am gar­daí found the de­fen­dant with a black han­dled kitchen knife with a 4” blade. He ad­mit­ted tak­ing it from a house in Glen­car­rig for his own pro­tec­tion. He had not come to garda at­ten­tion since.

Judge Kevin Kil­rane said he was giv­ing him a chance and ap­plied the Pro­ba­tion Act.

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