Man brandished knife during dispute

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A 38-year-old who brandished a knife during a dispute with neighbours has been given a community service order.

Shea Norris, of Brookdale Crescent, pleaded guilty to common assault and possession of an offensive weapon on July 15, last year.

Derry Magistrates Court Norris was reported to police for possessing the knife in Mountjoy Street. He had punched a man, brandished the knife and threatened the injured party.

It was alleged he told the man “I am going to stick this in your head”.

Defence solicitor Paddy McDaid said Norris went to speak to the injury party to try to get a neighbour dispute resolved for his father.

However, he said matters “got out of control” and he “very stupidly and foolishly” lifted the knife when a large crowd gathered outside Norris’s fathers home.

District Judge Barney McElholm ordered the 38-year-old to complete 100 hours community service.