A MAN who repeatedly called to his mother’s home in breach of a court order was, yesterday, sentenced to fifteen months imprisonment.
The 33-year-old admitted breaching a court-issued barring order on five different dates over the last ten months.
Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told on a number of occasions the woman had to seek refuge in a neighbour’s home.
The court heard the defendant’s mother, who lives in the Castletroy area, secured a barring order against her son in April of last year.
However, the defendant - who has an address at a hostel in the city - called to the house on dates in October, February and May as well as earlier this month.
On each occasion, he was violent and aggressive and caused hundreds of euro worth of damage by smashing windows and doors in an effort to gain entry.
The court heard during the most recent incident, which happened last week, the defendant threatened his mother and went to the rear of the house where he smashed a patio door after she refused to allow him in.
Addressing the court after entering his guilty plea, the defendant apologised for his actions saying: “I would like to apologise for everything I have done. I’m very sorry”.
Solicitor John Herbert said his client suffers from psychiatric difficulties and that he also has difficulties with alcohol and drugs.
He told the court his client is incapable of independent living and that when he is sober he “becomes a very different individual”.
Imposing sentence, Judge O’Kelly said the woman “should not have to be fleeing out of her own home to get to the safety of her neighbours”.
He imposed a number of consecutive prison sentences totalling 15 months for the breaches of the barring order .
He sentenced the defendant to a further eight months imprisonment for criminal damage but suspended that sentence for two years on condition he stays out of trouble following his release from custody.