Judge orders teenager to stay away from mother

A teenage boy convicted of attacking his ill mother and damaging her medication has been remanded on bail and ordered to stay away from her.

A teenage boy convicted of attacking his ill mother and damaging her medication has been remanded on bail and ordered to stay away from her.

The Children’s Court had heard that the boy (aged 17) had admitted attacking her and damaging her medication at their home in South Dublin on August 8 last.

The mother said the boy threatened to hit her with a pole after he threw her medication around their house.

She also claimed that her son had stolen her social welfare card, which left her unable to claim her disability benefit.

Judge Watkin held that there was no evidence to support this claim and dismissed the charge.

The mother claimed her son had been continually violent to her over the last two years and had smashed up her home frequently.

However, Judge Watkin also noted that there were "two sides" to the story, with the teenager claiming he had developed problems with his mother over "her acquaintances" who used illicit substances and allowed by her to stay in their home.

The court also heard that the boy had come to the attention of social workers that were concerned over his home environment.

Judge Watkin was also told that the boy had moved out of the home during the summer and had found full-time employment.

He had also been taking part in community youth projects in his area and he assured the judge his work commitments would keep him away from his mother. His job would keep him out of Dublin and also provides him with full time accommodation, he said.

Judge Watkin remanded the teenager on bail until January pending a report from his youth worker and ordered him to stay away from his mother.

She also ordered the mother to furnish him with his passport and medical card which he needed for his job and setting up a bank account.

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