Knife threats

MAGISTRATES adjourned a case against a 46-year-old man who was said to have spent most of his adult life in a residential care home for people with mental issues.

Peter Stewart McCarthy, of Turmer Avenue, Bridlington, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and a further charge of using threatening behaviour when he appeared at Bridlington magistrates court last Wednesday.

Karen Quantick, prosecuting, said on August 19 McCarthy had claimed money was missing from his flat at the care home. When told he would not be allowed back into his flat he twice spat on Linda Stevens, a member of staff and later contacted police and saying he had slit her throat with a knife.

He was arrested and given police bail.

On September 5 he had contacted Leisure World on Promenade, to go swimming but was told he could not.

He told the female member of staff, Dawn Needham, that he would slit her throat.

“Later he told staff at the home he was going to go to Leisure World with a knife and left his flat. They called the police. He made a threat to the member of staff and was arrested again,” said Mrs Quantick.

Mr Farr told magistrates he believed they would benefit from a full pre-sentencing report.

They agreed and adjourned the case until October 19. McCarthy was given bail on condition he did not approach Dawn Needham, or Leisure World.