Carrick-on-Shannon District Court

Mohill man found in possession of an axe

Complaint made

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Road accident case comes to abrupt end in court

A 26-year-old Mohill man was charged with possession of an axe and abusive behaviour towards gardai at Carrick-on-Shannon District Court on April 24.

Andrew Marsh, 11 O'Carolan Court, Mohill was charged with possession of an axe, abusive behaviour and failure to comply with direction of Gardai at Glebe St, Mohill on September 9, 2017.

The court heard that at 1.12am on September 9, 2017 Gardai received a complaint about a man walking on the Ballinamore Road out of Mohill carrying an axe.

Gardai went to the scene and found the defendant with an axe.

They said he was calm while they seized the axe but under further questioning became aggressive.

He had consumed alcohol and had no previous convictions.

Solicitor John McNulty said his 26-year old client, a father of one, did not use the axe in a threatening way and was “hazy” about why he had it with him.

He first told Gardai he found it outside a pub, but his name was on the axe and he later admitted it was his.

Mr McNulty said his client uses it to cut timber and has applied to Revenue set up a business in the town.

Judge Kevin Kilrane said the case was “at the lower end of the scale.”

The case was adjourned to November 20, 2018 to monitor the defendant’s behaviour.

The axe was returned to Mr Marsh.