Belfast Telegraph

Cleaver man who menaced GP jailed

By Alan Erwin

A man who brandished a meat cleaver in a doctors' surgery has been jailed for four months.

Mark Johnston issued threats to one of the GPs after entering the practice in Belfast on Monday, prosecutors said.

In a previous incident the 19-year-old was also spotted on the streets armed with a machete.

Johnston, with an address at Ebor Street in the city, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of an offensive weapon in public.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard police were called to the surgery at an undisclosed location.

Johnston had gone in carrying the meat cleaver and made threats to a doctor before leaving.

When he was later arrested in the Donegall Road area he still had the butcher's knife.

He told police he had it for his own protection because he was under threat from paramilitaries, the court was told.

Johnston also admitted to having a machete in the Kilburn Street area of the city on May 11.

District Judge Peter King said the involvement of a doctor made the meat cleaver incident more serious.

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