Delusional man stabbed mattress with large kitchen knife thinking another man was in bed with his partner

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A VIOLENT Offences Prevention Order has been taken out against a Limavady man who stabbed a mattress, where his partner has been lying, with a large kitchen knife while he was ‘under the delusion that another man was in bed with her’.

The Order was issued against John Kenneth McNicholl (29), of Benevenagh Drive, at Coleraine Magistrates Court this week.

In imposing the Order, District Judge Liam McNally, set out his reasons in a written judgment and supplied a copy to the press.

The application for the VOPO was made by the police.

McNicholl had been the subject of an interim Order and has admitted breaching it by failing to keep an appointment with a community psychiatric nurse in September.

Regarding the same date, he also admitted assaulting a police officer and resisting another officer in the execution of their duty. On Friday at Coleraine Court he was jailed for four months.

Meanwhile, the VOPO judgment mentioned that in May this year, McNicholl’s partner had alleged that the defendant entered her bedroom, put her out of bed ‘and stabbed the mattress repeatedly with a large black and white kitchen knife’.

It added McNicholl was ‘under the delusion that another man was in bed with her’.

Judge McNally said although the woman subsequently made a statement claiming the defendant had not done anything and charges had been withdrawn, the application was a civil matter and he was satisfied that the original account was truthful.

The judgment said: ‘She gave a detailed description of the knife and the stabbing of the mattress when the defendant was shouting ‘You b*stard, you b*stard, get out of the bed’.’

The judgment listed a series of violent events involving McNicholl.

In 2006 McNicholl was convicted after he ‘repeatedly stabbed his (same) partner with a knife’ and in 2008 he was convicted of stabbing a male to the chest and legs.

Last year he attacked a police officer with a ‘needle type object’.

In March this year a ‘clearly paranoid’ McNicholl attended Limavady Police Station ‘reporting that someone was trying to electrocute him in his home and that at that time he had in his possession a pair of scissors for his own protection,’ the judgment said.

Judge McNally said he was satisfied there was a “significant risk” the defendant would commit further offences and that a VOPO was necessary to protect the public.

Under the terms of the Order, McNicholl is prohibited from residing or staying overnight at an address without prior approval from his Designated Risk Manager and he is not to enter into any relationship without verifiable disclosure of his offending by his Risk Manager or Social Services.

He is to engage with his GP, Mental Health Team, and Community Addiction Services; permit his Risk Manager to access his accommodation and he is submit to preliminary breath tests in public places.

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