Son avoids jail after ‘attack’ on his mother

A suspended jail term was imposed yesterday on a man who flew into a rage in the family home and broke a table across his mother’s back.

Alex McSweeney, of 50 Cherry Lawn, Church Rd, Blackrock, Cork, pleaded guilty to breaching a protection order by putting his mother in fear at the family home on September 24.

Inspector Ronan Kennelly said the defendant’s mother told gardaí her son Alex had broken a table across her back. It was also stated that he caught another person present in the house by the throat.

Diarmuid Kelleher, defence solicitor, said yesterday that while one could not mitigate the seriousness of the incident, he differed with the inspector’s description of it consisting of a table being broken by the defendant across his mother’s back.

He said McSweeney flew into a rage, picked up a bedside locker, threw it against the bedroom wall, parts of the locker broke off and fell on top of his mother.

Insp Kennelly said the injured party did not receive medical attention and there was no medical report on her injuries.

Judge John Cheatle had adjourned the case until yesterday with the accused remanded in custody for clarification on precisely what happened on the night.

Insp Kennelly said the defendant’s family were in the courthouse yesterday but remained outside the door and did not wish to come in for the case.

Mr Kelleher said McSweeney had an anger management problem. He said he also drank to excess on occasions and caused trouble for his family. He said McSweeney needed to address the anger and alcohol issues. He had 42 previous convictions.

Judge Cheatle imposed an eight-month sentence suspended for a year and put McSweeney on a probation bond.

The accused had been remanded in custody from Saturday until his release yesterday.


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