Court hears man wanted police to 'shoot' him

Court hears man wanted police to 'shoot' him

A COURT heard a man who who was brought up in America but now lives in Northern Ireland had wanted the PSNI to shoot him following an incident when he threatened to kill his mother with a knife.

Kris Harrison (48), with an address listed as no fixed abode in Belfast, admitted possessing a knife as an offensive weapon; making a threat to kill; assaulting his mother and causing criminal damage to a sofa on May 4 this year.

A defence lawyer said when police arrived the defendant, who has a "mental health background," had wanted police to "shoot him"

District Judge Mark Hamill told Newtownards Magistrates' Court: "Where he is from, be careful what you wish for".

The defendant appeared via video link from Maghaberry Prison and when asked by a court clerk if he could see and hear proceedings, Harrison replied in an American accent: "Yes Ma'am".

A prosecutor said on May 4 the defendant's mother said Harrison was "angry and swearing" at her and a few moments later he returned with a "twelve-inch kitchen knife" which he held about half an inch from her neck whilst saying: 'I am going to f-cking kill you'.

She pleaded with her son to stop.

The court heard Harrison had drank "half a bottle of whiskey" and was having a "mental breakdown".

Police arrived and the defendant was "agitated"

The defence lawyer said Harrison had spent several weeks in prison on remand.

The lawyer said the defendant had not had a drink for a number of months but had fallen "off the wagon" in May.

Judge Hamill handed down a four months prison term, suspended three years, and said he hoped the defendant could get "some help".