Knifeman threatened to ‘cut up’ owner of the Traveller’s Rest

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A MAN with a knife told the owner of the Traveller’s Rest in Ballymena he would “cut him up”.

Stefan Ralston (29), with an address listed as Cavalier Court in Antrim town, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court for sentencing on charges of making a threat to kill and possessing an offensive weapon – a knife – in a public place – Galgorm Road in Ballymena.

He had been convicted after a contest.

A prosecutor said that around 11.30pm on May 19 this year the complainant heard noise from the landing of his premises – the Traveller’s Rest – and saw Ralston, who had been residing in a room, acting suspiciously close to a general store room.

The defendant said he was sorting some of his belongings out and the complainant told Ralston he was making too much noise and would disturb others in the building.

Ralston was leaving with his bike and some bags and had a knife and made a threat to kill by telling the defendant he would “cut him up” before discarding the knife in a flowerbed close to the property.

Defence barrister Aaron Thompson said it was a “serious case” and the defendant had mental health and drug addiction issues.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said Ralston had a very poor record but there were some positives from a report from Probation and the defendant was engaging with a number of agencies to address a “long-standing addiction” to drugs.

Rather than interfere with that ongoing work, the judge ordered that the defendant should work with Probation for the next year and also do 100 hours of Community Service.

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