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Christine Byrne (32) pleaded guilty to possession of weapons, as well as drugs and multiple shoplifting charges

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Christine Byrne of Abbey Terrace, Arklow, Co Wicklow pleaded guilty to possession of weapons

Christine Byrne of Abbey Terrace, Arklow, Co Wicklow pleaded guilty to possession of weapons

Christine Byrne of Abbey Terrace, Arklow, Co Wicklow pleaded guilty to possession of weapons

A mother of two found carrying sharp files in her pockets had them for her own protection after she was attacked, a has court heard.

Christine Byrne (32) was also caught with more than €1,300 worth of heroin for sale or supply in another incident.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case for a probation report but warned she faced prison if it is not favourable, or if she re-offends.

Byrne, from Abbey Terrace, Arklow, Co Wicklow, pleaded guilty to possession of weapons, as well as drugs and multiple shoplifting charges.

Dublin District Court heard when gardaí stopped her at Dame Lane, Dublin 2 on March 7, 2017, she had a hair straightener worth €60 in a foil-lined bag.

She told gardaí she had bought it for €20 on the street.

Byrne had two sharp files in her coat pocket and said these were for her own protection, as she had been attacked the previous night.

She also had €100 worth of heroin and other stolen goods. Separately, she grabbed the arm of a garda who was arresting a man at Eustace Street on February 10, 2016.

A member of the public had to pull her away.

Byrne was found with €1,370 worth of heroin and €40 worth of cannabis at the Millennium Walkway on December 4, 2015.

The accused had difficulty remembering the incidents but accepted responsibility and was remorseful, her lawyer said.

She had ceased her drug use and wished to put her offending behaviour behind her.

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