Waterside man ran around with axe

A MAN who admitted running around the Waterside with an axe has been given a three month jail term suspended for three years.

Gary Keith Millar, 40, pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon on July 19, 2009.

A previous hearing, the court heard that police were called to the Bonds Street area to investigate reports of a man 'running round with an axe in an agitated state.'

The 40-year-old went into his brother's house and family members were able to remove the top of the axe and give it to police.

Millar was arrested and during interview said he had very little recollection of the incident. He told police the axe was his and that he owned it for work purposes.

During sentencing at the City’s Magistrate’s Court, defence solicitor Maeliosa Barr said Millar was a “very vulnerable man” and suffered from depression.

“He realised that by not taking his medication he got himself into the difficulty he now faces.”

Handing down the suspended jail term and ordering the destruction of the axe, Deputy District Judge Bernie Kelly said: “This is a very serious offence. The arming of oneself with a weapon has to be taken very seriously.”

Taking into account the fact that Millar had spent six weeks in custody on remand, the judge said she hopes this “marks a turning point in any further offending.”