A man threatened to stab and also slash the throats of two female customers and a female employee at McDonald’s restaurant in Ballymena during a late night disturbance, a court heard on Thursday.
The customers were forced to dash behind the serving counter to get to safety, Ballymena Magistrates Court was told.
Francis McCallan (29), of the Lighthouse hostel at Linenhall Street in Ballymena, was at court for sentencing on three charges of assault and one being disorderly at McDonald’s in Ballymena.
A prosecutor said police were called to the restaurant – which is only yards from Ballymena PSNI Station – at 2am on February 7 this year following a report of a disturbance.
McCallan had been shouting in an “intimidatory manner” and made threats about slashing the throats of the three females and stabbing them.
During a police interview he said he was intoxicated.
A defence solicitor said the incident was “verbal” and there had been no physical assaults.
He said it had been “fuelled by drink”.
District Judge Mark McGarrity said a pre-sentence report noted there had been “changes” in McCallan’s life and he put him on Probation for a year.