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Unlawful possession Taxi man spared convictions for having fishing knives in his cab

James Eagers (53) was a keen fisherman and had "no ulterior motive or sinister purpose" for having the knives," his defence said.

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James Eagers of Ballygall Parade, Finglas, charged with possession of knives

James Eagers of Ballygall Parade, Finglas, charged with possession of knives

James Eagers of Ballygall Parade, Finglas, charged with possession of knives

A TAXI driver found with three knives in his cab has been spared a criminal record after telling a court he used them for fishing and forgot to take them out of the car.

James Eagers (53) was a keen fisherman and had "no ulterior motive or sinister purpose" for having the knives," his defence said.

Judge John Hughes said while taxi passengers would be "rightly concerned" to know a driver had knives, he found Mr Eagers to be a "truthful individual" and applied the Probation Act, leaving him without convictions.

Mr Eagers, of Ballygall Parade, Finglas, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of the knives.

Garda Niall O'Sullivan told Dublin District Court he saw the accused's Ford Mondeo on Dame Street at 2.40am on March 26, 2020.

In a search, two three-inch flick knives were found - one in the glove compartment and the other in the central console. A six-inch wooden-handled knife was in the driver's door panel.

Mr Eagers told the court he made regular fishing trips on his trawler.

The brown-handled knife was used to cut tow ropes.

He bought the smaller knives in Dealz for €1.50, he said.

"I just forgot all about them," he said.

Mr Eagers had no previous convictions. His taxi licence was up for renewal but that had been put on hold pending the outcome of the case.

The court heard while it could be a legal defence to have knives for recreation or work, this did not necessarily justify leaving them in the car for that period of time.

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