Man ‘brandishing’ knife in Ballymena drops it and holds arms up in air as police swoop

A MAN threw a bottle through a window and was “brandishing” a knife in a Ballymena street but he dropped it and held his arms up in the air when police arrived.

Lee Wright (26), with an address listed as Carniny Road in Ballymena, was in the Carndale Meadows of the town around 8.20pm on Tuesday May 26 this year.

The defendant was at Ballymena Magistrates Court for sentencing on charges of possessing a knife in a public place; disorderly behaviour; criminal damage to a window and possession of cannabis.

A prosecutor said a man contacted police to say that the defendant had thrown a bottle through the window of his flat.

Police saw a living room window was broken and the defendant was “outside the flat brandishing a kitchen knife which he dropped upon arrival of police”.

She said Wright continued to act in a loud and aggressive manner by shouting and swearing “causing alarm and distress” to members of the public and he had to be restrained by police until he calmed down.

During the incident he “surrendered a cannabis cigarette”.

The court heard the defendant, who had a record, made full admissions when interviewed.

Defence barrister Michael Smyth said the defendant was at his partner’s house when one of the neighbours spoke to him alleging that the conplainant had “threatened that neighbour”.

The lawyer said Wright was “highly intoxicated at the time and he went out to confront the complainant on behalf of this neighbour of his partner and the matter got out of hand”.

The lawyer said Wright told the police the complaint had “thrown some things out the window at him and he had then gone and armed himself and thrown things through the windows of complainant’s home”.

The barrister said Wright had the knife “for self-defence had the complainant come running at him but it was never used”.

The lawyer said when officers arrived the knife was set down voluntarily and he “waited for the police with his arms raised”

Mr Smyth said “when sober” the defendant, who was in the court, doesn’t come to the attention of police.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was “not without some hesitation” that he imposed a one year Probation Order with a condition that the defendant participates in any programme of work recommended by his Probation Officer.

The judge added: “This was very poor behaviour so just be careful in future”.

The defendant was ordered to pay £100 compensation for the broken window.

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