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Patrick Collins of Avila Park, Finglas, charged with possession of a saw and garda obstruction

Patrick Collins of Avila Park, Finglas, charged with possession of a saw and garda obstruction

Patrick Collins of Avila Park, Finglas, charged with possession of a saw and garda obstruction

A FATHER of four caught carrying a saw on a street near his home had just "disarmed" a family member who had been holding it during an argument.

Patrick Collins (44) was "vexed" when he initially failed to drop the weapon despite being ordered several times by gardaí.

Collins, of Avila Park, Finglas, Dublin, admitted possession of a saw and garda obstruction.

Judge Gerard Jones struck out the weapons charge and fined him €200 on the other charge.

Garda Robert Diffley told Blanchardstown District Court he was called to Avila Park on the night, after it was reported the accused was walking on the road with a saw.

When they arrived, they saw Collins holding the saw and ordered him to drop it several times

He initially refused to comply but eventually threw the saw away and was arrested.

He had previous convictions for public order and weapons offences, the court heard.

Judge Jones asked what type of saw Collins was carrying.

"It was a regular handsaw," Gda Diffley said.

There had been a family dispute earlier on the night and Collins had disarmed a family member, his solicitor Simon Fleming said.

He still had it in his hand when the gardaí arrived.

Asked if this was what happened, the garda said "that may be the case".

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The accused had indicated that gardaí had "enough to do without dealing with him and his family", Mr Fleming said.

There had been an incident in the accused's home that night, tempers were raised and a family member had the implement, Mr Fleming said.

When the gardaí arrived Collins was "just vexed." There was no danger to anyone and he discarded the implement.

"I think there was a lot of drink consumed on the night," Gda Diffley said.

The accused was not working and was in receipt of social welfare, Mr Fleming said.

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