Teenager in court over gun alert in Antrim town centre
Police raced to the centre of Antrim after receiving a report of a gunman, a court heard yesterday.
Connor McTernan (18), of Cedarmount in the town, pleaded guilty to carrying an imitation firearm without lawful authority or reasonable excuse in a public place on March 31 this year.
A prosecutor said police received reports from the public just after 12pm of males drinking and causing a nuisance in the Market Square area and then at 1.10pm a report came in of a male carrying a "small black gun".
The PSNI then received another report from a member of the public that a male was looking in a bush "for his gun".
When police arrived McTernan was aggressive and shouted and swore at officers who recovered the gun in an area where several members of the public were nearby, particularly women and children.
A defence lawyer said McTernan had been drinking and was on his way to "show off" the gun to his friends.
Handing down a one-year conditional discharge, District Judge Oonagh Mullan said the defendant had acted extremely foolishly and in a "totally irresponsible" way, while his behaviour towards police was "appalling".
Arising out of the same incident, Reece Tate (19), of Greenvale Manor in Antrim town, pleaded guilty to being disorderly and was also given a one-year conditional discharge.