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Man 'had no choice' but to carry pickaxe handle due to feud

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A DRIVER caught with a pickaxe handle in the footwell of his car had it for his own protection as his extended family was feuding at the time

Patrick Joyce (25) told gardai he had “no choice but to carry it” due to the ongoing feud, which has since been resolved.

Judge Miriam Walsh fined him €350 and sentenced him to three months in prison, suspended for six months.

The judge also reminded Joyce, who was wearing shorts, of the court dress code, telling him “no shorts in court”.

The defendant, of St Brigid’s Lawn, Blanchardstown, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a pickaxe handle at Diswellstown Road in Castleknock on May 14.

Gda Ronan Farrelly said he was at a checkpoint when he saw a long, wooden implement in the back of the defendant’s car.

He stopped and spoke to Joyce, at which stage the implement was no longer visible.

Gda Farrelly said he searched the car and found a pickaxe handle in the footwell of a rear seat.

He said Joyce told him he was involved in a dispute and had “no choice but to carry it”.

Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said that for a brief period the feud became quite heated, but it has all been resolved following the intervention of other family members.

She said Joyce, who is married with children, was deeply apologetic for the offence.