29 Sept 2022

Drunk man arrested walking through estate in Offaly with Samurai sword

Appeal following incident in which two men impersonated Gardaí in Dunleer

Appeal following incident in which two men impersonated Gardaí in Dunleer

A drunk man was recently arrested in Offaly when walking through a housing estate carrying a samurai sword.

Just after midnight on Wednesday September 7, a drunken young man was approached by gardai following complaints.

The young man was walking through a housing estate in Birr and when he saw the gardai, he allegedly discarded an object he was holding. When the object was retrieved, it was discovered that it was a samurai sword with a seven inch handle and a 19 inch blade.

The owner hadn't threatened anyone with his sword. He was arrested and taken to the local Garda Station.

Samurai swords have been listed as offensive weapons and are therefore illegal to possess under the 2009 Offensive Weapons Order.

Those caught with the weapons could face up to seven years in prison. The ban does not apply to hand-carved swords made before 1954.

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