Nurse at the hospital found man had knife in possession

Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.
Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.

When a nurse at Craigavon hospital went to examine a man who had facial injuries she discovered that he had a knife.

Daniel McConville (41), Moyraverty Centre, Craigavon, was jailed for three months last Friday for possession of an offensive weapon on December 17.

Concurrent three month terms were imposed for disorderly behaviour and two assaults on the police.

The defendant, who was under the influence of alcohol, was taken to the hospital after saying he had been assaulted.

A nurse went to examine him but immediately called police because McConville had a small red knife. He was convinced by ambulance staff to put the knife down.

McConville struggled with police, kicked out and had to be restrained. Handcuffs were used.

He said he had the knife in order to scare people.

District Judge, Mr Greg McCourt, said this was a very serious incident.

A barrister representing McConville said that up until 2013 the defendant had been trouble free and then his life started to unravel.

He added that McConville had an alcohol problem and the explanation he gave in a pre-sentence report was that he had the knife for sharpening his pencils for an art project.

The barrister said the cut on the defendant’s cheek was done by himself to scare away nuisance elements who were gathering around his house.

He added it was clear that he needed help. The probation service offered help although the custody threshold had been crossed.