A 21-year-old man threatened his own mother at the family home that he would stick a knife in her neck and bury her in the graveyard.
The young man was brought before an in camera hearing of Cork District Court where he pleaded guilty to three counts of breaching a protection order, including the occasion where he made this threat to his mother. He also threatened to smash the windows of the house.
Judge Olann Kelleher noted that on a previous court appearance the defendant had been “quite deranged.” Frank Buttimer, solicitor, 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 man had a severe psychotic episode as a result of which he had to be admitted to a psychiatric unit.
Judge Kelleher said that since the defendant’s release from hospital he had continued to take drugs. Mr Buttimer accepted that the young man was intolerable when under the influence of drugs. The solicitor said the defendant did not appreciate the concerns that others including his parents and those in wider society had about his drug taking. However, the young man accepted he need residential care to address his problems.
“In these times, accessing it is not easy. His parents are not allowing him to return home. Jail is not a long term solution for him. He has told me there is an address available for him,” Mr Buttimer said.
Judge Kelleher said it was sad to see that the defendant’s parents – who were outside the courtroom when the case was being heard – could not welcome their son home because they were afraid of him.
“He broke the bail that was given to him. He threatened his mother that he would stick a knife in her throat and put her in a graveyard. I will put it back for sentence until Friday,” the judge said.
The accused was remanded in custody. He pleaded guilty to breaching the protection order three times, once on April 7 and twice on April 10.
Mr Buttimer said the young man could not even recall making the threat to stab his mother. Each charge refers to a breach of the protection order by the parents being put in fear