Prison term for Bray man who produced knife
A man who shouted at a family through their front window before producing a knife was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, with 12 months suspended.
Darren Carton (36), 69 Wolfe Tone Square North, Bray admitted the offence and appeared before Judge Michael O'Shea at Wicklow Circuit Court for sentencing.
The court heard that on December 4, 2016, the resident of a house at Oldcourt Avenue was in his kitchen and he heard his son say 'there's a person screaming in the front sitting room window'.
The man went to the front room. Carton was outside shouting, saying 'what are you looking out your window at'. He went out and told him to leave the property, get away from the house.
Carton came towards him, and reached behind his back. The man thought that he was pulling out a syringe. He told his son to get a baseball bat, which he passed to him out the window.
Carton produced a knife and pointed the blade at the man, who backed off, before swinging the bat at Carton's left arm. Carton then backed off and left the scene.
The children in the house were aged 15 and eight.
The family called the gardai, who then stopped Carton in the street. The court heard that he was agitated. They went to his sister's house. She identified the knife as hers.
She told gardai that she had heard Carton talking to himself downstairs before leaving the house suddenly.
The house he went to was not targeted, he came there randomly after leaving the house.
The court heard that Carton is a long-term drug addict who has over 20 previous convictions, including burglary, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm, arson and theft.
He was on bail at the time of the incident.
Judge O'Shea said that while he was satisfied that there was no premeditation, the family had experienced a man on their property behaving in a strange, aggressive and threatening manner.
'If he had left the property, maybe he would not be before the court today,' said the judge.