29-year-old charged with threatening to kill father

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.
The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

A man has appeared in court accused of possessing a knife with intent to commit murder.

Barry Alan Joseph Porter, whose address was given on court papers as Elaghmore Park, is further charged with making a threat to kill his father.

Court

Court

The charges relate to an alleged incident on June 14.

Derry Magistrates Court heard allegations that the 29-year-old made an emergency call to police and said he was armed with knife.

He also allegedly told the operator he wanted to take his father’s life and also threatened to harm himself.

Police were tasked to the scene and allegedly saw the 29-year-old in the living room of a house ‘brandishing a knife’.

The court heard the defendant’s father was in his bed, but was led from the property by another family member.

An investigating officer told the court police tried to negotiate with Porter who had the knife to his own throat. He claimed there were a large number of beer cans ‘strewn about the living room’.

A specialist unit was tasked to the scene and the knife was eventually taken off Porter.

The court heard the 29-year-old was ‘very intoxicated’ and was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital for assessment. However, he was discharged a short time later and arrested.

Opposing bail, the officer said police had concerns about Porter’s ‘unpredictable behaviour’.

He said police have been called to previous domestic incidents and the 29-year-old’s behaviour ‘appears to be escalating’.

The officer said the defendant’s alcohol abuse has ‘spiralled out of control’ and there is no residential programme available for treatment.

He also told the court that police have concerns Porter will return to his father’s address and not be able to abide by bail conditions.

Defence solicitor Kevin Casey said his client has a ‘long history of difficulties’ and the alleged incident is a ‘classic cry for help’.

He said the 29-year-old is attempting to address his issues and has a number of appointments scheduled in the next few weeks.

Mr Casey said if Porter ‘can get the help he needs we will all benefit’ adding that such treatment is not available in prison.

District Judge Barney McElholm granted bail with a number of conditions, including banning Porter from contacting his father and from consuming alcohol.

The 29-year-old will appear in court again on June 25.