Man with kitchen knife in town centre said it was for his own ‘protection’

The Magistrates Court was held in this part of Ballymena Courthouse on Thursday. File picture.

A MAN who pleaded guilty to possessing a kitchen knife in a public place has been ordered to do 120 hours of Community Service.

Francis McCallan (29), with an address formerly listed as Linenhall Street in Ballymena but subsequently listed as Galgorm Road in the town, committed the offence at Main Street in Larne on November 28, 2019.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court that police received a report from staff at a Simon Community hostel in Larne that the defendant had been in an argument with another person.

Police later stopped McCallan at Main Street in Larne where he had a knife in a bag.

He told police he took the knife with him “for his own protection”.

It is not the first time the defendant was in court.

A previous court heard how McCallan threatened to stab and also slash the throats of two female customers and a female employee at McDonald’s restaurant in Ballymena during a 2am disturbance.

The customers were forced to dash behind the serving counter to get to safety, Ballymena Magistrates Court was previously told.

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