Homeless man tells court he carried knife because people kept stealing cup he used for begging

A man begging on the street was caught with a knife down in his pants but he claimed the only reason he carried it was that he was sick of people taking the cup he used for begging.

Homeless man tells court he carried knife because people kept stealing cup he used for begging

By Liam Heylin

A man begging on the street was caught with a knife down in his pants but he claimed the only reason he carried it was that he was sick of people taking the cup he used for begging.

Judge Olann Kelleher imposed a four-month jail sentence on Roy Edmonds, 31, of Cork Simon community, and said he did not accept that as an excuse for Edmonds carrying the knife.

Judge Kelleher said that carrying a knife in Cork city centre was too serious an offence and he imposed the jail term.

Garda Brendan Ryan encountered the accused on August 19 and there was a knife concealed in the back of his pants at Oliver Plunkett Street.

Edmonds admitted it was for his own protection and said he was sick of people taking his cup.

Three days earlier he was found to be drunk and a danger to himself at Patrick Street in the middle of the afternoon.

On September 15 he was actively begging at 4.30 p.m. on Maylor Street obstructing the passage of pedestrians on Patrick Street, Cork, by begging.

Inspector Gary McPolin said at Cork District Court that the accused had 165 previous convictions including counts for begging.

Eddie Burke said that generally the defendant gave no difficulty to gardaí in their encounters with him and co-operates once arrested.

Judge Kelleher said in relation to carrying the knife, “I don’t accept it is a correct thing to do for your own protection.”

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