21-year-old jailed for stabbing man in leg

A 21-year-old who shouted “gangster talk” before stabbing a man in the back of the leg has been jailed for eight months.

Bryan Gardiner, whose address was given as Deramore Drive, Strathfoyle, pleaded guilty to wounding on October 13 last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that Gardiner was in a Ballykelly bar when he had an argument with the injured party, who was “raised with as a half-brother”.

He was put out of the bar but met up with the injured party again in Kings Lane and they went back to his house.

Another argument ensued and Gardiner pulled a six inch knife out of the back of his tracksuit bottoms and “shouting gangster talk” before stabbing the man in the back of the leg.

It was alleged he then waved the knife at the injured party for ninety minutes, crying and threatening to kill himself.

Gardiner then left in a taxi.

A defence barrister told the court his client claims he was struck by the injured party first. However, the barrister said Gardiner accepts his actions “went beyond what was acceptable in the circumstances”.

Jailing the 21-year-old, District Judge Barney McElholm also imposed an offeder levy of £25.