Son ‘broke table off mother’s back’

A young man flew into a rage in the family home and broke a table across his mother’s back, a Garda Inspector said at Cork District Court yesterday.

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 Saturday.

Inspector Ronan Kenneally then went on to outline the background to the case.

Gardaí in a patrol car who happened to be in the area were flagged down by the defendant’s mother on Saturday night.

She had obtained a protection order on August 17.

Insp Kenneally said that the defendant’s mother told them that 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.

Judge John Cheatle asked yesterday at Cork District Court how the defendant’s mother was doing now.

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

Diarmuid Kelleher, solicitor, said there had been a bail application in this case on Saturday and that while the breach of a protection order was a serious matter the nature of the allegations against the accused were not exactly the same as those outlined yesterday.

Mr Kelleher said the evidence outlined on the bail application was not as extreme as the description of a table being broken across her back.

The solicitor said it was alleged on that occasion that he flew into a rage, picked up a bedside locker, threw it against the bedroom wall, parts of the locker broke off and fell down on top of his mother.

Judge Cheatle adjourned the case until today with the accused remanded in custody for clarification from the investigating guard on precisely what happened on the night.


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