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Judge Bryan Smyth said anyone who carried a meat cleaver "deserves to go to prison"

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William Flanagan charged with possession of a meat cleaver and other offences

William Flanagan charged with possession of a meat cleaver and other offences

William Flanagan charged with possession of a meat cleaver and other offences

A GRANDFATHER caught carrying a meat cleaver for "his own protection" has been warned he could be facing jail.

William Flanagan (44) had the knife in a bag when he was stopped by gardaí on a city centre street.

Judge Bryan Smyth said anyone who carried a meat cleaver "deserves to go to prison" but adjourned the case to give him a chance to pay compensation for separate thefts.

"I would like to apologise to everyone for the things I have done," Flanagan said. "I take full responsibility for what I have done."

The accused, with an address in Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon, sale or supply of drugs and theft charges.

Dublin District Court heard on September 7, 2019, gardaí saw Flanagan on Fitzgibbon Street, where he was wearing a scarf covering his face.

He was searched and a meat cleaver was found in his bag. He told gardaí it was for his own protection.

On July 8 that year he had €800 worth of heroin on him when he was arrested in a private underground car park at Great Strand Street.

On August 20, 2019, he was caught leaving the Cotswold outdoor shop on Trinity Street with a bag "stuffed" with stolen coats and other goods.

The case was back before the court for a probation report.

Flanagan's solicitor Yvonne Bambury said the accused had a history of drug addiction but was clean 10 years.

At the time of the offences, he found himself homeless and became addicted again.

"Somebody who carries a meat cleaver around deserves to go to prison," the judge said.

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Judge Smyth told the accused to pay €181 for the thefts and adjourned the case to September.

He warned Flanagan he was "looking at a possible sentence of nine months for the meat cleaver" and a consecutive term for the drugs charge.

He said if the accused came to the adverse attention of the gardaí "all bets are off."

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