Fol­lowed mother-in­law with slash hook

Jan­uary 2004

Wexford People - - NEWS -

A Pro­ba­tion Of­fi­cer’s re­port has been sought in the case of a Wex­ford man who was ap­pre­hended by Gardaí as he fol­lowed an el­derly lady with a slash hook.

[NAME WITHELD] was charged with be­ing drunk in pub­lic and hav­ing pos­ses­sion of a dan­ger­ous or of­fen­sive weapon, to wit a slash hook, at Green Street on Jan­uary 29 last year.

The court heard that the de­fen­dant was spot­ted by Gardaí as he car­ried the large im­ple­ment at 12.06 a.m. while fol­low­ing an el­derly woman, who tran­spired to be his mother-in-law.

The court heard that the Gardaí stopped him and asked him to hand over the im­ple­ment, but he re­fused.

His brother was with him at the time, and he also en­cour­aged him to hand over the slash hook.

The 36-year-old de­fen­dant apol­o­gised to the court. He said he had con­sumed quite a lot of drink at the time.

Judge O Buachalla ad­journed the case for a Pro­ba­tion Of­fi­cer’s re­port and or­dered that the de­fen­dant ‘im­me­di­ately ad­dress his al­co­hol prob­lem.’

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