A man with a knife ran onto a railway line and told police: “Go on, shoot me”.
He started to cut his arms and put the knife to his throat but eventually after officers talked to him, Andrew Bain discarded the weapon, Ballymena Magistrates Court was told this week.
The 20-year-old from Montague Avenue in Ballymena was in court for sentencing on a charge of possessing a knife in a public place.
Police were called at 6.48am on Saturday November 24 last year to Spence Crescent in Cullybackey after a report that Bain had a knife.
He ran off to the nearby Cullybackey Train Station.
Defence barrister Stephen Law told the court it was a “very difficult case” and the defendant had “mental health issues”. He said the incident had been a “cry for help” by Bain.
The defendant was given a three months custodial term.