Court hears Antrim man had knife because of 'verified threat'

Court hears Antrim man had knife because of 'verified threat'

AN Antrim man who has admitted possessing a knife at Bracken Avenue in the town last September had it because at the time he was the subject of a "verified threat," a defence barrister said.

Robert Owens (27), of Donegore Drive, also pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer.

A prosecutor told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, a witness saw Owens throwing a knife onto a garage roof and it was found following a police search.

When arrested the defendant attempted to punch an officer "in the head" but there was no contact.

The defence barrister said Owens had the knife because of a "verified threat that was then removed due to the intervention of family members liaising on his behalf".

The lawyer said "drugs have been an issue for him".

The court heard he was out of prison on licence following "robberies".

Sentencing for the new matters has been deferred for six months to August 2.