Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

KNIFEMAN IS LOCKED UP OVER AFFRAY; Cops Told: 'I Am the Kirwanator'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

KNIFEMAN IS LOCKED UP OVER AFFRAY; Cops Told: 'I Am the Kirwanator'

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A DRUNKEN knifeman who seemed to liken himself to the indestructible "Terminator" played by Arnold Schwarzenegger has been jailed.

Peter Kirwan shouted to cops: "Don't you know who I am? They call me the Kirwanator."

He fell far short of living up to this hardman nickname - an apparent reference to the ruthless cyborg of TV and movie fiction - as he was restrained with CS spray.

His barrister Rod Hunt told a court: "He's seen too much film or too much television.

"He was living in some sort of drunken fantasy that bore no relation to real life.

"He was subdued, he was overpowered, he was arrested, he was hauled away.

"As Kirwanators go, he's not a very good one.

"When that comment was put to him, he cringed with embarrassment, held his head and couldn't believe what he was hearing."

Mr Hunt said why trouble erupted on the night of November 20 last year was "a mystery wreathed in drink and drunkenness".

Teesside Crown Court heard how dad-of-five Kirwan, 28, involved himself in someone else's argument over a mobile phone outside The Livery pub on Redcar High Street.

Then he followed three strangers up the road, said prosecutor Adrian Strong.

Matters turned ugly and Kirwan went back to his B & B on High Street, where he armed himself with two seven-inch kitchen knives.

Then he went to the Aruba nightclub where the three men were queuing, and threatened them holding his hands behind his back.

The trio at the club -Michael McLernon, John Youngs and Scott Massey -reacted, turned on Kirwan and drove him back towards the B & B. McLernon tried to pull a seat from a bus shelter and Massey tried to pull off a piece of metal fencing, to arm themselves.

Kirwan went inside the B & B and the other three men kicked at the door.

Kirwan emerged brandishing the two knives and scuffled with McLernon, who threw a piece of wood at him. …

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