Man accused of assaulting his father with crutch at family home in Cork remanded in custody

Man accused of assaulting his father with crutch at family home in Cork remanded in custody
The Courthouse on Anglesea Street, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

A 35-year-old man accused of assaulting his father by striking him over the head with a crutch was remanded in custody for a fortnight yesterday.

Gordon Browne of Glenfields Avenue, Ballyvolane, Cork, appeared at Cork District Court by video link from prison yesterday.

Sergeant John Kelleher said the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed summary trial at Cork District Court. So yesterday it was a matter for Judge Olann Kelleher to decide if he too would accept jurisdiction for the case.

Sgt. Kelleher then gave an outline of the facts alleged in the case.

“It is alleged that Gordon Browne assaulted his father at 30 minutes past midnight on May 19 (at the family home).

“It is alleged he hit him across the head with a crutch causing harm.

“Gordon Browne was arrested and taken to Gurranabraher garda station. It is alleged he caused damage to his father’s car.

“The injured party did not go to get medical attention,” Sgt. Kelleher said.

Judge Olann Kelleher said, “I accept jurisdiction.” 

Eddie Burke said that before yesterday’s court there was a difficulty getting through to the prison by phone but during the court he did make contact with the accused. 

“I spoke to him and there will be a plea of guilty,” Mr Burke said.

Judge Kelleher said the accused would have to be present in court for that. Time was also required for a victim impact statement.

The case was put back until June 9 and it was indicated that he would be sentenced on that date for the assault and criminal damage offences.

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