A young man who allegedly threatened to harm himself and that his father would be “going before he was” had to be taken to hospital in the past few days during his remand in custody at Cork prison.
Defence solicitor, Eddie Burke, said the medical opinion was that the young man should be in hospital rather than in prison In fact, the solicitor said the accused had to be hospitalised for a time in the past few days and medicated before returning to Cork Prison.
Mr Burke said at Cork District Court on Friday, “I spoke to him yesterday and he was well. His father spoke to him this morning and he wasn’t so well.”
Judge Olann Kelleher remanded him in custody for a fortnight.
The young man appeared at an in camera hearing of Cork District Court for putting his father in fear by breaching a barring order by putting his elderly father in fear.
Garda Jonathan Foley said the defendant’s father was extremely fearful his son would damage the house or cause injury.
When the young man arrived at his father’s house he had a blade on him and his dad noticed a serious decline in his mental stability in recent weeks.
“His father’s concern is that he would receive treatment but he is also concerned for the safety of his neighbours and himself and for his property and their property,” Garda Foley said.