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A man who allegedly threatened a woman with a baby and two buses full of young children while armed with a knife in Dublin has been remanded in custody after a judge found he posed a “danger to the public in his current condition”.

Oisin Peavoy, 38, who lives at a residence in Granby Row, Dublin 1, was arrested following an incident on Tuesday morning. A court heard that during the incident, witnesses heard agitated children saying: “We are going to die.”

He was charged with four offences, including two counts under the Firearms Act for manufacturing a knife at Gardiner Street and Parnell Square in the north inner city.

The other two charges relate to the Public Order Act for threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour at the two locations.

He was taken to Mountjoy Police Station, where he declined the offer of legal representation.

Mr Peavoy has been charged and is being remanded in custody awaiting his appearance before Judge Gerard Jones at Dublin District Court on Wednesday.

Attorney Tracy Horan told Judge Jones that the man's family had asked her for help and that she had been advised that he would be remanded in custody for a psychiatric evaluation.

Detective Garda Paul Griffin told the court he intended to appeal against bail and Mr Peavoy insisted he would represent himself.

The court heard that Mr Peavoy responded to two charges as follows: “I object, I have evidence that is not true.” He also replied: “I object” and “That is the only one that is somewhat lawful.”

Detective Garda Griffin explained the evidence and said the accused was allegedly armed with a knife.

The weapon was handed over to the court in a protective case for examination by the judge.

When asked by the judge whether there was “a danger to the public,” the detective replied, “Yes.”

He said the defendant brandished a knife in Parnell Square at 8.42am and then, while behaving erratically and aggressively, threatened a woman with her baby and told her to “fuck off”.

“This was completely unprovoked,” he said, adding that there was a bus full of nursery children which the defendant blocked with his hands outstretched. The court heard that the children saw him and became “hysterical” and two of them were allegedly overheard saying: “We are going to die”.

The second incident occurred 35 minutes later when the defendant was allegedly brandishing the knife in Gardiner Street. It is alleged he approached a bus carrying school children but the driver closed the doors.

It was alleged that the defendant “stared at the driver and pointed to the knife in a sheath on his belt in an apparent attempt to intimidate the driver”.

The court heard that the children were between six and twelve years old.

In court, Mr Peavoy initially denied his name, spoke of a “king’s army”, recognised the court, wanted “The Hague here” and invoked the legal authority of the EU.

Judge Jones said he could not force the defendant to hire a lawyer to act on his behalf.

While remanding him in custody, he said: “This man, in his current condition, poses a danger to himself and the public, as well as to the children involved.”

He praised the Gardaí and the intervention of the bus drivers who protected the children.

Mr Peavoy will appear again in Cloverhill District Court on June 5, via video link. The judge ordered him to receive medical treatment while in custody.