Sentenced for threats to kill

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

A Derry man who threatened to tie up his mother’s oxygen and cut her husband’s throat has been jailed at Derry Magistrate’s Court.

Paul Kinneton (41) of no fixed abode admitted the charge which occurred on January 8.

The court was told that the defendant’s mother contacted police to say that he had threatened to kill her and her husband.

When police arrived they found Kinneton who was ‘highly intoxicated ‘ downstairs and found his mother who is on oxygen upstairs.

She told police that Kinneton had returned home and entered her room and threatened to tie up her oxygen and cut her husband’s throat.

Defence solicitor George Copeland said his client had been released from prison some weeks ago and had been living at his mother’s house.

He sad he had returned home yesterday with a bottle of vodka and now accepted his behaviour was ‘out of order’.

District Judge Barney McElholm said Kinneton was a ‘hopeless case’ who was doing nothing about his drinking.

He said the criminal justice system was not geared to deal with cases like this and if he could sentence Kinneton to a secure facility where he would get treatment he would.

He sentenced Kinneton to four months in prison.