Dublin taxi driver spared convictions for having fishing knives in his car
A TAXI driver found with three knives in his cabin was spared a criminal record after telling a court he used them for fishing and forgot to take them out of the car.
ames Eagers (53) was an avid fisherman and had “no ulterior motives or sinister goals” to get the knives, “his defense said.
Judge John Hughes said while taxi passengers would be “rightly worried” that a driver had knives, he found Mr Eagers to be a “truthful person” and applied the probation law , leaving him without conviction.
Mr Eagers, of Ballygall Parade, Finglas, pleaded guilty to illegal possession of knives.
Garda Niall O’Sullivan told Dublin District Court he saw the accused’s Ford Mondeo on Dame Street at 2:40 a.m. on March 26, 2020.
During a search, two three-inch knives were found – one in the glove box and the other in the center console. A six-inch wooden-handled knife was in the driver’s door panel.
Mr Eagers told the court that he regularly takes fishing trips on his trawler.
The brown-handled knife was used to cut the tow cables.
He bought the smaller knives from Dealz for € 1.50, he said.
“I just forgot everything about them,” he said.
Mr. Eagers had no previous convictions. His taxi license was due to be renewed, but this had been suspended pending the outcome of the case.
The court heard that while it might be a legal defense to have knives for hobby or work, it didn’t necessarily justify leaving them in the car during that time.