‘Terror’ at wedding party

Thursday, 15 December 2016

A LOUGHGIEL man, who allegedly threatened a terrified wedding guest at knifepoint, was refused bail yesterday (Monday, December 12).
John Anderson, from Scally Park, appeared before North Antrim Magistrates, sitting in Coleraine, by video link.
The 21-year-old is accused of common assault and possessing an offensive weapon, with intent, on July 16 this year.
Opposing bail, a police constable said the alleged offences had arisen following a wedding party at Loughgiel's Millenium Centre.
After confronting Anderson at around 2.30am and asking him what he was doing there, a woman guest could see that he was wearing a balaclava, the court was told.
Anderson allegedly held a large kitchen knife to the woman's throat, around five inches from her chin.
The mental health worker recognised he was suffering from mental health issues and tried to talk to Anderson, the court heard. The constable said the woman had put her hands up in a bid to get him away from Anderson and walked backwards until she was pushed up against a wall.
The police officer added: "She thought she was going to die. Her father came out through the door and hit the defendant over the back with a table which broke. He landed on the ground."


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