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Man jailed for threatening to cut woman into pieces

Robert Kinkead (19) broke through the front door of the property in north Belfast earlier this year following a row about a family funeral

A MAN who smashed his way into a house with a hatchet and threatened to cut a 64-year-old woman into pieces has been jailed for six months.

Robert Kinkead (19) broke through the front door of the property in north Belfast following a row about a family funeral.

Kinkead, of Mountcollyer Avenue in the city, admitted possessing an offensive weapon in public, criminal damage and threats to kill.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard he arrived in an agitated state at the Seaview Close home of his mother's partner on August 5.

An argument over attending the funeral later that day led to him being put out of the property.

A Crown lawyer said Kinkead kicked at the front window, leaving muddy footprints, and screamed that he would be back.

Later that day he returned, carrying a hatchet and a knife.

As his mother and her partner hid at the back of the house, an older woman who was present told him they had left.

At that point Kinkead kicked and struck the front door with the hatchet up to 20 times.

Police later arrested the defendant at his own address, seizing a backpack containing a quantity of suspected cannabis.

A hatchet with a broken head was also recovered during the searches.

Kinkead also pleaded guilty to possessing Class B drugs and assaulting two police officers during his detention.

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