Had knife in the city centre


A county Donegal man who was found with a knife in Derry city centre has been told to save almost £300 before his next court appearance.

Jonathon McKinley, of Manor Court, Moville, pleaded guilty to possessing an article with a blade on May 17.

He also admitted disorderly behaviour in Shipquay Street.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 26-year-old was aggressive to police and approached them with clenched fists. CS spray had to be deployed to calm down McKinley and the two men he was with.

He was searched and officers found a three inch ‘lock knife’ in his trouser pocket.

McKinley claimed he had been ready to go out when he got a call to deal with an animal on the farm. He said that was why he had the knife in his pocket.

District Judge Barney McElholm adjourned sentencing and told the 26-year-old to save £265 before he appears in court again on July 25.