Knifeman who claimed to be Lucifer is jailed

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard McGinty claimed to have killed all the vampires. Picture: Greg Macvean
Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard McGinty claimed to have killed all the vampires. Picture: Greg Macvean
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A KNIFE-wielding man who claimed he was “Lucifer” and tried to break into his mother’s house to “save her” from his stepfather has been jailed.

Anthony McGinty, 29, attempted to break into the Duddingston Park South property on February 27 by hitting the balcony door with garden furniture and smashing glass panels.

He was brandishing a Stanley knife and was described as being “in a rage”.

Fiscal depute Isabel Clark, told Edinburgh Sheriff Court: “He was repeatedly threatening violence and shouting he had killed all the vampires and his mother needed to be saved from his stepfather.”

McGinty had pleaded guilty previously to charges of breach of the peace, being in possession of the knife and spitting on a police officer.

Sentence had been deferred for background reports, including a psychiatric report, but yesterday he was jailed for one year with a six months supervised release order.

The terrified couple were awakened at around 10pm and neighbours, who had been alerted by the noise, let officers into the common stair and escorted his 55-year-old mother and stepfather, 57, out of the flat.

A police negotiator arrived after midnight, but dialogue was difficult because of McGinty’s behaviour, Ms Clark said.

His mother then tried to calm her son down and after ten minutes talking to him, he climbed down from the balcony and was arrested.

His mother said: “It appears to me he had taken something really bad.”

Defence solicitor Kenneth McFarlane said his client “has a good relationship with his mother and I have seen the love she has for him”.

He also said McGinty had been homeless at the time of the incident and had gone to his mother’s house to try to find somewhere to stay but “went about it the wrong way”.

Sheriff Frank Crowe said the incident had been frightening and bizarre, and described the psychiatric report as “very ­disturbing”. He told McGinty: “There is an awful lot of anger in your life.”

The sheriff told McGinty he hoped he would get a place to live and a job once he had been released from prison. He added: “I am very pleased your mother is still there for you.”