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blade bust Woman caught with knife in her bra strap claimed she needed it 'for cutting cardboard'

Dempsey, with an address at a city hostel, told the court she had been homeless and the blade was for cutting up boxes.

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Laura Dempsey

Laura Dempsey

Laura Dempsey

A WOMAN caught carrying a knife in her bra strap when she was stopped in Dublin city centre said she was using it to cut up cardboard for insulation because she was homeless.

Laura Dempsey's defence maintained the box-cutter blade was an everyday tool and denied having it as a weapon.

Judge Bryan Smyth found her guilty and gave her an eight-month suspended sentence.

Garda Orla O'Brien told Dublin District Court she was on duty on September 13 last year when she saw Dempsey (29) and a man cycling from the quays toward O'Connell Street.

They were stopped for what she believed were suspicious transactions and the garda searched the accused.

Dempsey had no drugs but Gda O'Brien observed an object sticking out of the top of her bra strap and asked her to pass it to her. It was a box-cutter type knife with a retractable blade, she said.

When asked why she had it, the accused did not reply.

Dempsey, with an address at a city hostel, told the court she had been homeless and the blade was for cutting up boxes. She had no handbag so she put it into her bra, she said.

The blade was used as a tool in the accused's everyday life for cutting up cardboard for insulation from the cold, her solicitor said, and had not hidden the fact that she had it.

Judge Smyth said he was not satisfied with the explanation, found her guilty and suspended the sentence for two years.

Dempsey had battled addiction, but was now off drink and drugs, her solicitor said.

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