A Lifford man who was caught with a large baseball bat in his car told Gardai it was for his own protection.
Jordan Porter, aged 22, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with a number of offences.
He was stopped driving a VW Golf car through Croaghan Heights in Lifford on April 22nd last at 11.40pm.
It followed reports of a large fight in the area between a number of youths using baseball bats and other weapons.
When stopped Porter was breath-tested and was over the limit and also admitted having no insurance on the vehicle.
Gardai found a large black baseball bat in the vehicle and Porter said it was for his own protection as he had been assaulted earlier that night.
Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client was among a group of young men who had come together to purchase the car and that he was not insured to drive it as yet.
The court heard that Porter has yet to complete a number of community hours service from another incident.
Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until July and asked for a Probation Report on Porter.
“I will put it back for a while to see how he shapes up,” said Judge Kelly.