‘Heartbroken’ man pleads guilty to knife offence

When two ambulance personnel arrived at the home of a “heartbroken” man at Rock Street, Kenmare, Co Kerry — who had been lying down on the town’s Main Street in an intoxicated state — he produced two knives.

‘Heartbroken’ man pleads guilty to knife offence

One of the knives had a 5-inch blade, the other an 8-inch blade, Kenmare District Court was told.

On September 6, there were reports of a man lying on the ground on Main Street, but when the gardaí and services arrived he had “gone”, the court heard.

Ascertaining his identity as local man Jason Crowley, 32, two ambulance personnel called to his home out of concern for his wellbeing, but when he opened the door he went to the kitchen and produced two knives.

Jason Crowley was fine when he was sober — but a nightmare when he was drunk, Sgt Derek Fleming told Judge James O’Connor. He had 13 previous convictions, mostly for theft, and three public order offences.

Padraig O’Connell, solicitor for Mr Crowley, said his client was pleading guilty to the offence under the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act. He was depressed and lonely and at the time was “heartbroken” after he had split from his long-term girlfriend, his solicitor said.

His client had a prosthesis — he had only one leg, the solicitor added.

Mr Crowley said that on the occasion he was objecting to having to be taken to CUH by the ambulance personnel, he had drink in him and wanted to sleep it off and the knives were for use against himself. Judge O’Connor adjourned the matter, remanding Mr Crowley on continuing bail.

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