A Dubliner travelling as a backseat passenger in a car driven by a Cork heroin dealer admitted giving gardaí a false name and address but denied having anything to do with weapons found in the car.
Judge Olann Kelleher convicted the accused, Mark Pidgeon, in relation to the weapons and jailed him for five months for that at Cork District Court yesterday. He fined him €300 for giving the false name and address, the count to which Pidgeon pleaded guilty.
Pidgeon, aged 25, with an address at 93 Castle Park, Tallaght, Dublin, gave a completely different name and address when gardaí stopped him on September 21, 2014, as he travelled along Western Road, Cork.
Detective Garda Padraig Harrington testified yesterday that he knew the driver of the car as a person involved in the sale or supply of heroin in Cork City. For that reason gardaí operating the checkpoint at 8.45pm decided to carry out a search of the car.
In the rear of the car close to where Pidgeon was sitting they found two weapons — a half length of a brush handle and the wooden spindle from a staircase.
Det Garda Harrington said the driver and front seat passenger were previously dealt with on other charges arising out of the incident.
The detective accepted under cross-examination by barrister, William Bulman, that no fingerprints were found on the two implements.
Garda Denis Cronin gave evidence of a memo of interview with the accused who replied, ‘No comment’ to almost every charge.
Judge Olann Kelleher said in relation to the weapons charge: “I convict on the evidence.”
Inspector Eileen Foster said Pidgeon had 24 previous convictions including numerous convictions for possession of knives.
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