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Guilty plea Teen (19) dropped 'combat-style' knife at scene of street row, court hears

Fareed Okanlawan  (19) said another man had handed him the knife which he dropped on the ground before running from gardaí

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Fareed Okanlawon pleaded guilty to possession of a knife

Fareed Okanlawon pleaded guilty to possession of a knife

Fareed Okanlawon pleaded guilty to possession of a knife

A young man was arrested after he was seen dropping a "combat-style" knife during a public order disturbance in Dublin city centre, a court has heard

Fareed Okanlawan  (19) said another man had handed him the knife which he dropped on the ground before running from gardaí.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case at Dublin District Court for probation and restorative justice reports.

Mr Okanlawan, of The Place, Temple Wood, Donabate, pleaded guilty to possession of a knife.

The court heard gardaí were called to the scene of an incident on Parnell Street at 7.30pm on April 1.

A number of men and a bus driver approached gardaí about a public order disturbance.

The bus driver pointed out a "combat-style" knife with a nine-inch blade that had been dropped on the ground.

The accused ran away but gardaí chased and apprehended him on O'Connell Street.

He admitted he had been in possession of the knife, claiming it was not his and that he had been holding it for someone else, the court heard.

Mr Okanlawan had been asked by another man to hold the knife, his barrister Donal Pattison said.

When the gardai arrived, he was fearful of the perception of this and the consequences that might flow from it, so he attempted to leave the area.

The accused had "no intention of using" the knife and was not involved in the original incident, the court was told.

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