A 12-YEAR-OLD boy’s attendance at school has improved dramatically since his mother spent the weekend in prison on foot of a bench warrant, Limerick District Court has been told.
The mother is being prosecuted by the Child and Family Agency for failing to comply with school attendance notices.
Judge Eugene O’Kelly told the woman that he had taken no pleasure in having her remanded in custody.
And the mother said the shock of seeing his mother go to jail had helped matters. They boy had a 100% attendance record in the eight days since his mother had been released from prison, solicitor Muiris Gavin, for the Child and Family Agency, said.
The mother told Judge O’Kelly that “before I had to lift him out of the bed and tell him to go to school, he’s that lazy”.
“I warned him that I could be going away for three or six months and that he’d have no mother and what would happen to the two girls,” she added.
“I think for the three days that I was away, it really woke him up.”
Solicitor Darrach McCarthy, for the mother, said her “resolve is that things continue in this vein” and that her son would continue to attend.
The boy is due to transfer to a new school in September and Mr McCarthy asked Judge O’Kelly not to impose a suspended sentence and to review matters once the new academic year begins.
“I don’t want to impose a suspended sentence at this stage as there seems to be a bit of a change,” Judge O’Kelly said in adjourning the case to September 5.
“But there is no point in your son complaining to you; the law puts the responsibility over on you and he must understand that,” the judge said.