Derry court: Police drew weapons against defendant

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

Police officers drew their firearms when a man who was stripped to the waist and had blood on his face approached them waving an object Derry Magistrate’s Court has heard.

Patrick Carlin (52) of 19, Amelia Court in Derry admitted a series of offences that occurred on June 28.

The court heard that police went to investigate reports of a man waving a machete and also waving a bat about.

When they arrived they saw damage to a car with windows smashed and dents to the roof.

Carlin then approached police waving an object and after officers drew their weapons it was found to be a brush shaft.

Police were then told that the machete had been thrown into a garden by Carlin and they recovered it.

He told police that someone had kicked at his door and he had gone over to sort it out ‘angry and in a temper.’

He said he had been drinking 12 cans of beer and denied having a machete stating it was a garden tool.

Defence solicitor Mr. Seamus Quigley said that the injured party and Carlin had made up.

The solicitor said things could have been much worse and in the cold light of day Carlin did not recognise himself as someone who could behave like that.

Carlin was sentenced to five months in prison suspended for two years.