Judge at Limerick court critical of son’s ‘unacceptable behaviour’ towards mother

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

The man was fined €250 at Newcastle West court for breaching a protection order taken out against him by his mother

The man was fined €250 at Newcastle West court for breaching a protection order taken out against him by his mother

FINBAR Stokes, Tullylease was fined €250 at Newcastle West court for breaching a protection order taken out against him by his mother.

The offence, which was admitted by the defendant, took place at his mother’s home in Glencoill, Dromcollogher last September 11. The protection order was taken out on August 8.

Inspector Dermot Conlon explained that Mrs Stokes returned from work that day and found her son in her home. He was drunk and asked her to bring him to an off-licence.

She left the house, locking the door behind her but Finbar Stokes banged repeatedly on the glass in the door and she was afraid he would break it.

“She said she was in fear and thought he would damage her property,” the inspector said.

Mrs Stokes unlocked the door and her son then told her to drive to the shop. She brought him back to her house again and then left for the doctor’s. When she got home, her son was in bed but then called her names at which point she packed a bag and went to her daughter’s.

Finbar Stokes doesn’t normally live with his mother, the court was told but “she lets him stay there from time to time because he has drink problems”.

Pleading for his client, solicitor Michael O’Donnell said that “ordinarily” the relationship between mother and son was very very good. He comes and goes and has clothes in the house. But when his client drinks, it is a “difficult environment” for her.

He stressed that Mrs Stokes had not sought a barring order but acknowledged that she may have extended the protection order to a safety order. He accepted his client has a drink problem.

Addressing Stokes, Judge Mary Cashin said: “This is a very serious matter. She is your mother. She is an older person and you are a young, fit and able man. It is not acceptable that you behave like this, drink or no drink.”

But she noted a safety order was in place and imposed a €250 fine.