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Probation for knifeman over threat to 'admirer'

A man who forced his way into a woman's home and threatened her with a knife because he thought she “fancied him” has been given three years probation.

Antrim Crown Court heard that 51-year-old Christopher Gerald McCarthy feared that his long-term partner of 20 years would find out about her.

McCarthy, from Shanlieve in Ballymena, who was also banned from the Chichester Park area of the Co Antrim town, pleaded guilty to threatening to kill the woman, assaulting her and possessing a Stanley knife, all on November 4, 2010.

Judge Corrine Philpott told McCarthy his victim must have been terrified of him, but that the best way of protecting her and the public in the future was for his drink problem to be sorted out.

As part of his probation, McCarthy, allegedly sober since the attack, must undergo a drink and drugs treatment programme and attend a victim awareness and domestic violence course.

Judge Philpott told McCarthy the result of his actions were not as serious as they could have been on first reading of the case papers.

“The real offence here is the threat to kill and holding the knife to her face, which must have been terrifying,” said Judge Philpott.

Belfast Telegraph