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Lubomir Janda had thought it was acceptable to carry the spray

Lubomir Janda had thought it was acceptable to carry the spray

Lubomir Janda had thought it was acceptable to carry the spray

A CHEF caught with a canister of CS gas on a city centre street had got it for his own protection after he was “severely attacked,” a court has heard.

Lubomir Janda (36) had believed it was acceptable to carry pepper spray in Ireland, as it was in his native Slovakia.

He was given a six-month suspended sentence for unlawful possession of a weapon.

Janda, from Camden Street in Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court.

A garda sergeant told Judge Bryan Smyth the accused was stopped and searched at Talbot Street at 2.15pm on March 14 last year.

Janda had a canister of pepper spray or CS gas on him and was charged. He had no previous convictions.

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A few months before this, Janda was “severely attacked”, his lawyer said.

He was not holding the canister as a weapon but as a means of defence.

The accused was from Slovakia where having pepper spray would be common. “At the time, he thought it was acceptable but he understands now that it’s not,” the lawyer said.

Janda had been living in Ireland for five years. He worked as a chef and had been on Covid payments during the pandemic, but hoped to get back to work soon.

His lawyer asked the judge to be as lenient as he could.

Judge Smyth said it was a serious matter “even if it’s for his own protection”.

The charge deserved a custodial sentence but he suspended it for a year in view of the mitigation.

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