Son struck mother with sweeping brush

A psychotic episode caused a man to strike his mother with a sweeping brush during an attack on her last weekend.

Detective Garda Mike O’Brien arrested Ian Kelleher, of Ballinderry Park, Mayfield, Cork, and charged him with assault causing harm to Helena Kelleher and breaching a protection order last Sunday.

Det Garda O’Brien said the gardaí were called to a house at Ballinderry Park on Sunday following the violent incident.

Kelleher had grabbed his mother by the shoulders and forced her to the ground, where he stamped on her buttocks and legs. At another stage in the incident, he struck her with a sweeping brush when she was on the stairs.

While the injured party sustained bruising, she did not attend hospital or her doctor for treatment.

Judge Leo Malone firstly stated that he would accept jurisdiction to deal with the case at Cork District Court, given the description of what had occurred.

The protection order which Ian Kelleher breached at the weekend had been granted to his mother in April, Inspector Brian O’Donovan said.

The inspector said the accused man had 13 previous convictions.

Defence solicitor, Diarmuid Kelleher, said: “Unfortunately, he is someone who has a medical history. He is fine as long as he takes medication and does not take other substances that affect the medication.

“On this occasion, he took alcohol and had a psychotic episode.

“His mother knows he is ill and is fine if he takes the various medications he has to adhere to. She knows it was caused by him, but she knows he is ill. As far as she is concerned, he is a sick person and needs help.”

He added that there was a place available for the defendant in St Michael’s unit of the Mercy University Hospital.

Judge Malone said that in breaching a protection order, the defendant had broken a court order. The judge said he had no difficulty imposing a jail sentence on someone who did not obey court orders.

The solicitor said: “There was no malice or forethought here.”

Judge Malone said, from the evidence, that the accused had consumed two naggins of vodka.

The judge said the accused could have caused terrible injuries to

his mother on this occasion.

Judge Malone adjourned the case until today for confirmation the accused was in the psychiatric unit of the hospital.

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