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Man under suspended sentence was brandishing knife


A Foxford man who was under the terms of a five-year suspended prison sentence was caught in possession of a kitchen knife in the town six months later.
John Irving of Shanwar, Foxford appeared before Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court on Thursday last in relation to a breach of the suspended sentence.
Garda Conor Drury told the court that Mr Irving received the suspended sentence in February, 2017 for charges of criminal damage and the unauthorised taking of a car, which was found crashed three to four kilometres away from where the home in Killasser, Swinford, where it was taken.  
Garda Paul Agnew told the court that he responded to a call on August 11, 2017 of a man brandishing a knife on Main Street in Foxford.
He said he arrived and saw Irving in a takeaway restaurant. He searched him and found nothing but a member of staff told the garda Irving had gone into a side room when he saw the car, and thrown away a knife.
Garda Agnew went there and discovered a pink kitchen knife with a four inch blade.
Irving pleaded guilty to the charge before Ballina District Court last November and was sentenced to four months in prison, a sentence he has concluded, the court heard. He was now back before Judge Rory McCabe in relation to a breach of the suspended sentence.
Diarmuid Connolly, counsel for Irving, said his client has two small children and he missed Christmas and ‘various other milestones’ by being in prison.
He said there was ‘some hope’ with his client and asked Judge McCabe to allow him to engage with the Probation Services to test his bona fides.
Judge McCabe said that was a ‘sensible approach’.
“He will really need to sort himself out or he can sort himself out in prison,” said Judge McCabe.
The case was adjourned to June 20.


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