When his mother came home and asked for her cigarettes, a Palmerston North produce worker threatened her with a knife and chased her around the neighbourhood.
Charlie Belvie’s over-reaction has seen him remanded in custody awaiting sentence.
According to a police summary, the 19-year-old’s mother returned to their Ellesmere Cres home about 11am on November 7 and asked where her ‘‘smokes’’ were.
‘‘Belvie replied in a weird voice then rushed at [his mother] while holding a knife above his head,’’ the summary says.
‘‘Belvie kept the knife held high as he pushed [his mother] against a window causing the window to break.’’
His mother grabbed his arm and managed to escape to a neighbour’s house.
Belvie went looking for her, and, at a different house, smashed a window when nobody would answer the door, then walked off toward the Highbury shops. Police found him with a kitchen knife in his jeans.
‘‘He stated he could not remember what had happened and gave no explanation for his actions.’’
In Palmerston North District Court yesterday, Belvie admitted one charge each of assault with a knife, possession of a weapon and wilful damage.
Defence lawyer Jock Turnbull said his client, who had been under mental health supervision, waived the right to a pre-sentence report and was happy to be dealt with on the spot.
Judge Jennifer Binns remanded Belvie in custody until next month for a mental health assessment and pre-sentence report.
- Manawatu Standard
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