A person who threatened to slash his aged mom’s face after which threatened to kill his brother and put him in a field has been jailed for a yr.
Patrick McLaughlin was introduced earlier than Letterkenny District Courtroom in Co Donegal charged with a spread of offences.
All of the incidents revolved across the 57-year-old’s abuse of alcohol over a interval a time.
Decide Ciaran Liddy was advised that each one the incidents occurred on the McLaughlin household dwelling at Meenacung in Gaoth Dobhair.
On June eleventh, 2002, he got here to his mom’s dwelling and threatened to slice his mom’s face.
When his brother James heard the risk he stepped in however was punched within the face by Patrick and when he hit again at Patrick, the accused threaten to “put him in a field.”
Only a week in a while July twentieth, 2022, McLaughlin once more referred to as to his mom’s dwelling to get some belongings together with clothes regardless of being advised to keep away from the home as a part of his bail circumstances from an earlier incident.
On that event he threatened to knife his brother James.
On June sixteenth, 2023, McLaughlin once more referred to as to his household dwelling drunk and threatened to kill each his mom and his brother.
Garda Sergeant Gerard Dalton stated the accused was aggressive and was yelling and making threats.
Each his mom and brother had been in a state of worry because of McLaughlin’s actions and he was arrested.
On two different events at Decrease Predominant Avenue in Letterkenny and on the Letterkenny Procuring Centre, McLaughlin was discovered to be drunk and was arrested for his personal security.
Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, stated his shopper suffered from alcohol habit and was additionally taking each prescription and non-prescription remedy.
Nevertheless, he additionally identified that McLaughlin had himself been the sufferer of a one-punch assault in 2013 throughout which he hit his head.
He suffers from reminiscence loss and Mr Gallagher additionally handed a cognitive report on McLaughlin to the courtroom.
HIs solicitor stated “He makes use of a ebook to know the place he’s. He has licensed difficulties because of the assault. Together with remedy and combined with alcohol, it causes him substantial issue.”
Mr Gallagher stated his shopper had been dwelling in a half-way home.
Decide requested a while to learn two medical studies handed into courtroom on McLaughlin by Mr Gallagher.
On his return Decide Liddy famous that the accused man’s aged mom was in courtroom however stated this was a home violence state of affairs.
He counted out the variety of assaults and threats made by McLaughlin towards his household and stated they had been “trapped in a family of home violence.”
The Decide stated “Mrs McLaughlin is right here in courtroom and it should be very tough to see her son right here and he or she is expressing her help for him and I sympathise together with her.
“These incidents are extraordinarily critical and so they should be handled accordingly.”
He sentenced the accused to 12 months in jail for assaulting his brother James on the household dwelling on June eleventh final yr and in addition jailed him for an additional 12 months for making threats to kill or trigger critical hurt on the identical date however suspended that sentence for 2 years.
All different fees had been taken into consideration.
He additionally ordered McLaughlin to abstain from alcohol and medicines and to attend for substance abuse counselling and in addition to attend for anger administration.
The accused man’s solicitor additionally requested that follow-up launch help be offered to McLaughlin and this was directed by Decide Liddy.
Man who threatened to slash aged mom’s face jailed for a yr was final modified: August 18th, 2023 by