Admits possessing imitation firearm

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A man has pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm.

Gary Eamon McClintock, of Dundrean Park, pleaded guilty to two further charges of making a threat to kill.

The 27-year-old initially denied the charges.

However, the day after the case was opened to a Derry Crown Court jury of eleven men and one woman McClintock applied to be

rearraigned.

The jury heard allegations that a male, who had a rose tattoo on his neck, approached a group of teenage boys.

He pointed what they believed to be a gun at one of their heads.

The man also allegedly pointed it at the head of another 15-year-old boy a short time later.

McClintock was identified by the boys in an identification procedure.

It later transpired that the imitation gun was actually a cigarette lighter.

During police interview, McClintock said the lighter was owned by his father and denied having it out of the house.

Following the guilty pleas, the court heard the 27-year-old has over 60 previous convictions.

Sentencing was adjourned for a probation pre-sentence report to be

compiled.

McClintock was released on continuing bail and will appear in court again on January 13.