Man charged after domestic disturbance in North Cork 

Man charged after domestic disturbance in North Cork 
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Gardaí rushed to the scene of a domestic disturbance at a house in North Cork at three o’clock yesterday morning.

Garda Niall McGrath said at Cork District Court yesterday that he arrested a 21-year-old man and charged him with an offence under the Domestic Violence Act.

The young man had allegedly put his own mother in fear at the family home.

He was cautioned that he did not have to make a reply but anything he did say would be taken down and could be given in evidence. The young man said that he was sorry.

Sergeant Gearóid Davis said there was no objection to the defendant being released on bail.

Garda McGrath said that certain bail conditions would be required. Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said that the defence was aware of the conditions required by the prosecution and agreed to them.

The conditions required the defendant to stay away from the family home and have no contact with family by any means including electronic means. He is also to stay away from intoxicants as a condition of his bail. The defendant is to sign on once a week at a garda station.

Judge Olann Kelleher said he was concerned that the defendant was a young man and he asked if he had somewhere to live. Mr Buttimer said the defendant would be staying with a friend whose house is some distance from the family home.

In those circumstances Judge Kelleher adjourned the case for a fortnight.

In the case which was dealt with at an in camera hearing of Cork District Court, Mr Buttimer was appointed on free legal aid to represent the defendant who is a student.

The charge refers to the alleged breach of a protection order – an order which was only granted hours before the alleged incident – on Monday, April 6. The charge states that he put the applicant for the order in fear for her safety by making threats to her.

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