Threatened to shoot man

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A Lurgan man who threatened to shoot a young man was sentenced to 140 hours’ community service last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Martin Daniel McStravick (40), Levin Road, Lurgan, admitted unlawful assault on June 26 this year.

The court heard that on June 27 just after midnight in Hill Street, a young man claimed that McStravick had threatened to shoot him and he feared for his safety.

A public prosecutor said there was no allegation of firearms being used and this was an apprehension assault.

A barrister representing the defendant said the pre-sentence report was fairly positive.

He added that the young man, the son of McStravick’s partner, would have been frightened when he tried to intervene in an argument. The defendant wanted to build up the relationship again with the son.

The lawyer said alcohol had been a factor behind what happened and that McStravick had been referred to the addictions team.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said it was not the normal case of domestic violence.