Sentencing deferred for man who had knife in hospital

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.
The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

The sentencing of a man who admitted possessing a steak knife in Altnagelvin Hospital has been deferred until next year.

Martin McAllister, of Clooney Mews, pleaded guilty to possessing an article with a blade on August 28.

The charge relates to the possession of a steak knife with a four inch blade in the city’s hospital.

No further details of the offence were opened in court.

Deferring the sentence for six months, District Judge Barney McElholm said the 48-year-old ‘would be going to prison’ if he was not the full time carer for his wife.

The judge said McAllister must deal with his alcohol problem during the deferral period.

McAllister will appear in court again on May 13.