A man who got a taxi to a filling station in Ballymena before producing a knife and saying “Where’s my wallet?” to the driver has been told by a judge he was lucky he was not before the Crown Court on a more serious charge.
District Judge Peter King was speaking at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday where Barry Patrick Clarke (30), of Moorfields Road in Ballymena, was being sentenced on charges of possessing a lock knife in a public place and possession of cannabis.
A prosecutor said the taxi driver had taken the defendant to a Maxol garage and a short time later police found Clarke at the Pentagon Retail Park on May 7 this year.
Clarke told police he had the knife for his “own protection”.
A defence lawyer said there had already been consequences arising out of the incident as Clarke’s ten year relationship ended the next day.
The lawyer said the defendant had shown “genuine remorse”.
Clarke was ordered to do 150 hours of Community Service.