Damien Morley, aged 27, of Cork Simon Community, pleaded guilty to breaching a safety order by putting his father in fear by turning up at his home and pushing his way past him.
Inspector John Deasy said Morley’s father opened his door at Madden’s Buildings in Cork on June 27, 2015, to find his son outside.
Damien Morley then pushed past his father and put him in fear, Insp Deasy reminded Judge Olann Kelleher at Cork District Court yesterday. The judge had put sentencing in the case back so that the accused could be before the court.
He had previously convicted the defendant, who failed to appear in court for the evidence against him.
Judge Kelleher recalled that the defendant’s father had testified previously. “I felt very sorry for his father who was trying to do his best for his son and he told me on the last occasion that his son needed help and not punishment,” he said.
Shane Collins Daly, defending, said Damien Morley wanted to get his stuff from the house on the evening in question, even though he was told he was not welcome at that time and in that condition. Mr Collins Daly said the defendant had longstanding and significant addiction difficulties.
Judge Kelleher imposed a three-month sentence on the accused to run concurrently with a sentence imposed on Morley last month totalling 10 months. That ruling consisted of a number of revoked suspensions on other sentences and a fresh jail term for stealing a handbag from a young woman on Oliver Plunkett St, Cork City, on March 28, 2014.
“There was a theft of a handbag from a young woman. She was visibly upset and crying and told gardaí a man approached her from behind and snatched her handbag containing €70 in cash and her white iPhone 5,” the court heard said at the time.
Damien Morley had 84 previous convictions. He had been struggling with a heroin addiction, but had found a Christian church in Cork helpful. However, he had slipped back on to heroin, it was previously stated on his behalf.