Louth man (32) pointed knife at gardaí after stealing baby formula

A 32-year-old man who pointed a knife at gardaí has been jailed for a total of three months.

During the incident on 21 October last a second knife was found on Christopher O’Grady, the district court has heard.

The defendant, of no fixed abode, Dundalk, pleaded guilty to possessing a silver Stanley knife and a black and red Stanley knife, both of which had sharply pointed blades, at Avenue Road.

He also admitted stealing baby formula the same day at Centra, Greenacres, and being intoxicated in public at McDonald’s Restaurant, Stapleton Drive, on the following 28 October.

Evidence was presented that at 2.45pm on 21 October gardaí saw a male walking and stopping in the middle of the road. He pointed a silver knife in the window at the gardaí.

One of the officers exited their vehicle and got Mr O’Grady to drop the knife. Another knife was discovered in his jacket pocket.

The defendant was identified on CCTV taking three containers of baby formula from the shop. The property was recovered.

The court also heard that on 28 October it was reported that a man was passed out in a toilet in McDonald’s. He was intoxicated and became abusive to gardaí who responded.

There were 54 previous convictions.

Solicitor Frank McDonnell said his client had little or no memory of these incidents.

He was in custody and always appeared in better shape when in custody. He had a history of addiction.

Mr McDonnell added these matters indicated how bad things were for Mr O’Grady.

Judge McKiernan sentenced him to two months imprisonment on the silver knife charge and to one month, consecutive, for theft. The other charges were taken into consideration.

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