A young Magherafelt man who threatened to knife a security guard during an incident at Meadowlane shopping centre, appeared at the local Magistrates Court.
Christopher Terrence Langmead (22), of Queen Street, was convicted of common assault on June 20 last year.
The court heard Langmead had been barred from the shopping centre for anti-social behaviour and was told to leave the premises when spotted by the guard, Jonathan Crawford.
Mr Crawford said he told Langmead that he would call the police if he did not move.
He claimed defendant said he would go but threatened to knife him, which made him think he was going to be assaulted.
In evidence, Langmead denied threatening to knife the guard as “it is not in my nature.”
He said he knew he had been barred from Meadowlane but did not know what for. He had gone to buy himself a pair of shorts and admitted acting “a bit smart” when confronted by the guard.
Ordering a pre-sentence report, District Judge Alan White said he was satisfied Langmead had made the comment.
He adjourned the case until July 21 and remarked that Langmead was in a “perilous predicament” as he had a suspended prison sentence.