Man ‘had knife outside Belfast City Hall’

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A Romanian man accused of having a knife in Belfast city centre has been refused bail amid fears that he is a danger to the public.

On Saturday the city’s magistrates’ court heard how 36-year-old Sergiu Ghengeaua was arrested outside the City Hall when he did “some sort of ritualistic dance” before smashing his knife on the ground in the middle of Thursday afternoon.

Ghengeaua, with an address on the Springfield Road in west Belfast, is accused of possessing a weapon in a public place.

A PSNI officer told the court that a search of his property uncovered many more knives along with broken glass and needles.

During police interviews Ghengeaua admitted that he was a multiple drug user and the officer described how, when he was being charged, he attacked a civilian detention officer and had to be restrained.

Defence lawyer Jonathan Connolly conceded that with his poly substance abuse addictions, “there seems to be an element of paranoia” to Ghengeaua’s thinking processes.

District Judge Bernie Kelly refused a bail application and remanded Ghengeaua into custody to appear again on Monday via video link.