Woman had knife to ‘scare’ partner

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

A woman armed herself with a knife to ‘scare’ her partner, a court has heard.

Nicola McClaren, of Tullymore Road, pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon on March 2.

Derry Magsitrates Court heard that police received a report of a woman with a knife in her hand in the William Street area of the city centre.

Officers stopped the 23-year-old a short distance away and she was ‘highly intoxicated and upset’.

She told police she had fallen out with her partner and he had taken their children away. A small kitchen knife was found approximately three metres away from McClaren.

During police interview, the 23-year-old admitted having the knife on her and claimed she had taken it from her mother’s home to ‘scare’ her partner.

It was revealed to the court McClaren is in breach of a suspended sentence.

Defence counsel Steven Mooney told the court that the knife was not on his client when she was arrested but she made full admissions it was hers. He said McClaren had ‘damned herself to conviction by her own honesty’.

Mr Mooney told the court the 23-year-old is a ‘very, very complex young lady with a myriad of problems’ and she is trying to address those.

He added that his client’s children ‘will suffer’ if she is sent to jail.

District Judge Barney McElholm told McClaren ‘you can’t be running around threatening people with knives. Most men may be essentially useless but you can’t be taking a knife to them’.

He deferred sentencing until October and warned the 23-year-old if there are any further offences ‘you are at risk of going to jail’.