A Mountrath man who threatened to break his own mother’s jaw appeared before last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court charged with breaching a protection order.
Before the court was Jimmy Cash (18), Kilkenny.
Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that on July 11 this year, at The Bungalow, Mountrath, the accused threatened his own mother, telling her he would break her jaw.
She was in fear of him, said Sgt Kirby, and the accused was arrested for breaching a protection order which was granted on July 3.
Defence, Mr Barry Fitzgerald said the accused came from a family of nine and had come to garda attention as a juvenile.
The accused is residing with his sister and Mr Fitzgerald said that the sister told him the accused suffers with ADHD, which coupled with alcohol “drives him bananas”.
“His mother can’t handle him, but his sister will keep a very watchful eye on him,” said Mr Fitzgerald.
Judge Catherine Staines put the matter back to October 25 for a probation report.
She noted that the accused had no previous convictions, was in the custody of his sister, and there was a protection order in place for his mother. The judge said hopefully the probation service will be able to help him.