A YOUNG man who got 20 months in jail for injuring his mother by throwing her down four steps of a stairs and threatening to kill both parents ten days later had half of his sentence suspended on appeal.
Frank Nyhan, state solicitor, said at Cork Circuit Appeals Court, that there had been an altercation at the family’s home on December 1, 2019.
That was when the defendant “threw his mother down four steps of stairs and then on December 11 he was highly intoxicated and the threatened to kill his parents.”
Diarmuid Kelleher, solicitor, said the accused was still only 24, and that his relationship with his parents had been restored since he went into prison.
“They are on best terms with him again,” the solicitor said.
The defendant had been serving a sentence of ten months plus ten months consecutively for the two incidents of breaching a barring order by putting his parents in fear.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said he would suspend the second ten-month sentence.
When the case first came before Cork District Court, it emerged that the gardaí had encountered the mother holding a hurley and telling them she feared for her life because of the actions of her adult son.
The defendant’s mother had asked him to turn down music because of her other children in the house, and the defendant pushed her down steps causing her an injury.
In relation to the incident where death threats were made, the evidence was that, “He was screaming and threatening to kill his parents. He was under the influence of intoxicants and out of control. He was aggressive and resisted gardaí.”