Police pull guns of drunken Irish chef with knife
A Northern Irish chef was held at gunpoint in Melbourne after he returned waving a knife around after he was asked to leave a club.
Graham Paterson (25) had been asked to leave The Vineyard nightclub in St Kilda at around 2.40am. The chef had only arrived in Melbourne two weeks previously and had been looking for work.
He was asked to move along from the club after being told he had had enough to drink.
The HeraldSun reports that he did leave but returned an hour later with a 20cm kitchen knife. The paper reports that he threw a chair at a window of the bar and approached the security staff and allegedly threatened them with a knife.
Police arrived and drew their guns on the Belfast man until he dropped the knife.
Paterson claimed he could barely remember what had happened as he woke up inside Melbourne Remand Centre the following morning. Appearing in Melbourne Magistrates Court he pleaded guilty to being drunk in public, possessing a weapon and affray.
He said he had no explanation for why he was carrying a knife except that was looking for work as a chef. He was told in court if he had any prior criminal history he would likely have been given jail time.
He was convicted and fined $2500.