A 21-YEAR-OLD man went into custody today for a voluntary four-week remand in a case where he threatened his own mother at the family home that he would stick a knife in her neck and bury her in the graveyard.
Judge Olann Kelleher noted from a detailed probation report on the troubled young man, “he is in an acute state of mental health”.
Further details of the probation report were not revealed at the in-camera sitting of Cork District Court, where the identities of the parties cannot be published because the charges relate to breaches of domestic violence legislation.
Frank Buttimer said of the four-week remand in custody: “It is a voluntary remand. That he should get any medical assessment he needs. He is to be remanded in custody for four weeks so that this objective can be achieved.”
While the probation service — like many services associated with the courts — has been scaled down recently due to Coronavirus restrictions, Mr Buttimer praise the “Trojan work” done by the probation officer in this case.
The young man, who admitted the offences, sat at the back of the courtroom with his parents during the brief hearing today and then walked to the custody area with a small rucksack to be taken into detention for the month.
His mother wept during the case today.
Judge Kelleher previously termed this an urgent case.
Mr Buttimer said it was one of the most unusual cases he had encountered, not least in terms of the honesty of the accused.
The defendant admitted after a previous adjournment that as soon as he was released he took four different drugs and returned to his parents’ home.
He said the floor of the Bridewell Garda Station was spinning around by the time he was arrested and questioned.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of breaching a protection order, including the occasion where he made the threat to stab his mother and put her in the graveyard. He also threatened to smash the windows of the house.
Judge Kelleher noted that on a previous court appearance the defendant had been “quite deranged”.
Mr Buttimer said the 21-year-old had been taking drugs for four years, including cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine, LSD, and some other type of hallucinogenic drug.
Mr Buttimer said the 21-year-old had a severe psychotic episode as a result of which he had to be admitted to a psychiatric unit.