Court -Punched own father in face

Assault

Court -Punched own father in face

A Mountmellick man punched his own father after being woken up by the noise of the television, the district court has heard.

David Byrne (27), 4 Emmet Street, Mountmellick, was charged with assault causing harm.

Inspector Oliver Baker gave evidence that on March 29, 2015, the accused assaulted his own father at Emmet Street, Mountmellick, by punching him once to the left eye, causing a fracture.

Byrne was arrested and made admissions to the offence.

The accused had 32 previous convictions, including five for assault.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said that since this unfortunate incident, relations between the parties had improved.

Mr Meagher said that on the night of the offence, his client had gone to bed and was awoken at 3.30am by his father, who had returned home and turned on the television.

Byrne went to remonstrate with his father and one word followed another, which led to one blow being struck.

Mr Meagher said that after this, Byrne left the house.

The accused had a daughter, but his relationship with the mother was very fractious.

Defence also said that at the time, Byrne had suffered with a drug habit. He had spent 11 weeks in a residential treatment centre, but this ended when he began a relationship with someone else in the centre, which was not allowed.

After reading a report on the accused, Judge Catherine Staines noted that he had cooperated with the services at the treatment centre and he has now secured a place in Mountmellick.

The judge adjourned the case, for a victim impact statement and for an up-to-date report on the accused.

The matter was put back to November 10.