46 year-old assaulted man with meat cleaver

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A Turkish man who armed himself with a meat cleaver has been warned ‘don’t take the law into your own hands’.

Ilker Karatas, of Dunmore Gardens, pleaded guilty to assault, possession of a meat cleaver and resisting police on May 18, last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 46-year-old struck the injured party with a meat cleaver after a disturbance in the street.

The victim was left with a cut on his head as a result.

Police went to Karatas’s home and tried to handcuff him because of the nature of the allegations.

However, the 46-year-old resisted and police had to draw their CS spray.

It was revealed the meat cleaver was seized from the kitchen of Karatas’s home.

During police interview the 46-year-old denied the charges.

Defence counsel Stephen Chapman told the court his client is originally from Turkey but has been living in Derry for a number of years.

He said the 46-year-old ‘had been subject to abuse because of his nationality’ and has reported this to police in the past.

Mr Chapman said ‘on this occasion he just snapped’ but accepts he ‘shouldn’t have taken the law into his own hands’.

Imposing a conditional discharge for three years, District Judge Des Perry said ‘what you did was completely inappropriate.

“You don’t take the law into your own hands, least of all with a meat cleaver in your hands’.

He added Karatas is ‘very fortunate greater injury was not caused to this man’.

The judge also warned the 46-year-old if he committed any offence in the next three years he will not be treated as ‘leniently’.