Prison term for Bray man who pro­duced knife

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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