Man caught with large machete in Dublin 'thought it was an ornament'


A MAN caught with a large machete in his jacket pocket thought it was an ornament, a court heard.

Marcus Dwyer (40) had planned to mount the weapon on a wall in his house.

Judge David McHugh fined him €100.

The defendant, of The Crescent, Church Road, Mulhuddart, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a machete.

Sgt Walter Sweeney said gardai were on patrol on Church Road last October 5 when they stopped Dwyer and another man.

Sgt Sweeney said Dwyer was found with a large black machete in the chest pocket of his jacket.

The court heard that the defendant had 39 previous convictions, but had not been in trouble since 2010.

Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said Dwyer had bought the machete and planned to use it as an ornament.

Ms Brennan said the defendant had had difficulties in the past but had not been before the courts for six years.

She said there was nothing sinister about Dwyer having the machete, as he had no plans to use it and believed it was an ornament.