Man jailed for carrying knife
A man was jailed for five months after admitting carrying a knife in a public place.
Noel Lockhart (29), of Mullaghmeash Park, Feeny, Co Londonderry, admitted having the knife on Main Street, Feeny, on February 5, when he appeared at Limavady Magistrates Court yesterday.
The court heard that police were called to Main Street at 4am after receiving reports there was a man with a knife.
When they arrived they saw the defendant appear to throw something into a garden and a subsequent search revealed a kitchen knife.
A witness told police he had been delivering papers in the area and saw Lockhart in the street and he started waving the knife about and shouting abuse.
Defence solicitor Paddy McGurk told the court his client had admitted his involvement from the outset.
He said that Lockhart's family had been subjected to threats and he had taken to carrying the knife for protection.
The solicitor said that Lockhart had carried a knife in the past but had got out of the habit, but felt under threat and started carrying one again.
He added that there was a certain amount of paranoia on Lockhart's part. He had three previous convictions for carrying an offensive weapon.