A MAN who was convicted earlier this month of possession of a â€œCrocodile Dundeeâ€ type knife in the city centre has been sentenced to twelve months imprisonment for drugs offences.
On January 17, Martin Clancy, aged 40, with an address at Hartstonge Street, was convicted of possession of an offensive weapon at Lower Hartstonge Street, on July 20 last. During a contested hearing, Limerick Court was told the knife was seized after Garda Kevin Goff observed the defendant acting suspiciously at around 3.20am.
At Limerick Circuit Court this Wednesday, State Solicitor Michael Murray applied to have a two year suspended prison sentence imposed last year activated.
Clancy received that sentence on June 8, 2012 after he pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis resin worth â‚¬4,625.76 at an apartment on Clare Street where he was living on April 17, 2011.
Mr Murray submitted that Clancyâ€™s conviction for possession of the knife was in breach of the conditions of the suspended sentence and he added that the defendant was previously convicted of possession of a knife.
â€œIt seems to be the sort of offence that he specialises in,â€ Mr Murray told the court.
Brian McInerney BL opposed the application to activate the suspended sentence imposed in relation to the drugs offences.
He also rejected Mr Murrayâ€™s description of the knife seized last July as a â€œCrocodile Dundeeâ€ type weapon saying it was a decorative â€œoriental type-knifeâ€.
Mr McInerney told the court the circumstances surrounding his clientâ€™s conviction for drugs offences last year were â€œwholly exceptionalâ€.
Previously the court heard Clancy had suffered a number of personal difficulties and tragedies in recent years and that he was under a â€œcertain degree of pressureâ€ from sinister individuals to store the drugs.
Mr McInerney said his client met and married an American woman in the early 2000â€™s but that she died a number of years ago from a brain tumour.
Clancy was subsequently diagnosed with cancer and returned to Ireland as he could not afford medical treatment in the United States.
Judge Carroll Moran said he regarded the offence involving the knife as a very serious matter.
â€œHe was given a chance and he hasnâ€™t taken it,â€ he said.
The judge activated one year of the two year sentence imposed last June.
Clancy will be sentenced in relation to the knife next week.