A man who threatened to stab a Ballymena neighbour who he called a “foreign f*cker” has been jailed for four months.
Steven William McAllister (32), of Warden Square, also threatened to burn his neighbour out, Ballymena Magistrates Court was told this week.
McAllister appeared at court via video link from Maghaberry Prison in relation to an incident on November 11 this year.
The court was told the defendant had kicked a communal door at a block of flats at Warden Square and was shouting abuse about foreign nationals.
He then pushed a man calling him a “foreign f*cker” and said he would return in five minutes and burn his flat and that he was going to stab and kill him.
He pleaded guilty to charges of making a threat to kill and making a threat to damage property to endanger life.
Defence barrister Aaron Thompson said his client “harbours no racist or xenophobic views” and added: “He perhaps issued these words just out of complete drunken madness. He is not driven by that level of malice”.
McAllister also admitted stealing a bottle of rum, sandwiches and chocolate from Lidl in Ballymena in September this year.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said the November 11 offence was clearly “aggravated by hostility” and jailed McAllister for four months.