A BALLINACURRA Weston man who threatened another man with a steak-knife is facing the possibility of having to carry out 80 hours of Community Service.
Steven Mahon, aged 29, of Griffith Avenue pleaded guilty to producing the knife during the course of a dispute at Hyde Avenue on January 31, last.
Garda Shane Ryan, Roxboro Road, told Limerick Court that he and a colleague were on routine patrol in the area when they observed a car pull up alongside a group of men.
He said Mahon got out of the vehicle and that a verbal altercation then took place between Mahon and one of the men.
Garda Ryan said he then observed the defendant producing a knife and chasing the injured party across a green area.
Mahon, the court heard, made full admissions to gardai when he was arrested a short time later.
Solicitor Sarah Ryan said the incident was “out of character” for her client.
She said he had been “provoked into taking action” following an incident earlier in the day with his sister, which she described a domestic incident.
“He reacted very badly,” she told the court.
Garda Ryan agreed that a complaint had been received in relation to that incident and that it is being investigated.
Ms Ryan told the court Mahon has not been in any trouble since the incident and she said he has not had any further contact with the injured party.
In mitigation she pointed out that her client had not used the knife and she said the other man was not injured.
After accepting jurisdiction in the case, Judge Aeneas McCarthy said the court “has to take seriously any incident involving knives”.
He said he was considering imposing a 80-hour community service order in lieu of three months imprisonment.
The case was adjourned until May 29, next to facilitate the preparation of a community service report.
Mahon was remanded on bail to that date.