Judge Mary Larkin requested a probation report
A PROBATION report has been requested in the case of a man who admitted having a knife while acting aggressively on a public street in Limerick.
Limerick District Court was told Christopher O’Sullivan aged 38, who was living in a hostel at the time, dropped the knife after he was approached by gardai at Clare Street at around 10pm on June 18, last.
Judge Mary Larkin was told the defendant, who had been drinking, was bleeding when encountered by gardai as he had been assaulted some time earlier.
Solicitor John Herbert said his client was not far from the hostel where he was staying when he was arrested.
He said he had the knife for his own protection as a result of the earlier altercation but that he had not used it.
Mr Herbert told the court that drugs were “a feature” of his client’s life for a long time but that he is currently on a methadone and detox programme.
”Things are on an upward gradient for him,” he said adding that his client has secured his own accommodation since the incident
Judge Larkin was told Mr O’Sullivan has not come to the attention of gardai since and Mr Herbert asked that he be given an opportunity.
The judge commented that anyone caught with a knife is “asking for trouble” but in the circumstances she directed that a probation report be prepared.
The matter was adjourned to July 11, next.