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Son causes €1,000 of damage after breaching safety order taken out by elderly parents

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A SON broke into the home of his elderly parents, who have a safety order against him, and caused €1,000 worth of damage, Newcastle West Court heard.

The matter was held “in camera” which prohibits publication of material that could lead the public to identify any of the parties involved in such proceedings.

Inspector Barry Manton, prosecuting, said a plea has been entered by the defendant in relation to two charges - breaching a safety order and criminal damage. A

safety order is an order of the court which prohibits the abusive person (the respondent) from committing further violence or threats of violence.

Insp Manton said the defendant entered the property of his parents where he is not welcome.

“They are aged in their 80s. They were not in the house at the time. He broke electrical equipment, causing €1,000 worth of damage,” said Insp Manton.

Judge Carol Anne Coolican asked solicitor Michael O’Donnell, representing the man aged in his 40s, if compensation was forthcoming.

“No. He is not working,” he replied.

Judge Coolican asked gardai to canvas the parents to see if they wish to make a victim impact statement.

Mr O’Donnell said he would address the judge in totality when that is completed.

Judge Coolican adjourned matters until October to allow gardai time to make enquiries with the complainants.