Drunken yob threatened three women in McDonald's
A man threatened to slash the throats of two female customers and a female employee at a McDonald's restaurant in Ballymena during a late night disturbance, a court heard yesterday.
The customers were forced to dash behind the serving counter to get to safety, Ballymena Magistrates Court was told.
Francis McCallan (29), of the Lighthouse hostel at Linenhall Street in the town, was at court for sentencing on three charges of assault and one being of being disorderly at the restaurant.
A prosecutor said police were called to McDonald's at 2am on February 7 this year following a report of a disturbance.
McCallan had been shouting in an "intimidatory manner" and made threats about slashing the throats of the three women and stabbing them.
During a police interview he said he was intoxicated.
A defence solicitor said the incident was "verbal" and there had been no physical assaults. He said it had been "fuelled by drink".
McCallan was placed on probation for a year.