Man who punched mother sobs in court

Enniskillen courthouse

A 34-YEAR-OLD man sobbed openly in court this week after being charged with assaulting his mother and making a threat to kill her.
Robert Evans of Main Street in Lack was highly emotional as he was led into the dock of Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday to face three charges of making a threat to kill his mother Patricia Evans, assaulting her and damaging a watch belonging to her during a dispute at the family home on Sunday last, December 17th.
The court heard that police were called to the property where they found the defendant with cuts to his face and detected a strong smell of alcohol from him.
Mrs Evans told police that her son had become aggressive in a “drink fuelled rage” and an argument had ensued while she was preparing the Sunday dinner.
She had tried to leave the house but Evans had thrown her over a stairgate and punched her in the face. He also damaged the watch on her wrist during the incident in which he threatened her saying: “I would f***ing kill you if I have to”.
A police constable told the bail hearing: “Mrs Evans does not want her son in the house. She is in fear as this was totally unprovoked. He has a very limited previous record.”
Defence solicitor Michael Fahy said his client, who cried throughout the short hearing, has a history of depression and had consumed alcohol on top of his medication which had a negative reaction.
“This was a very unfortunate incident and my client has always had a fantastic relationship with his parents.
“All of his friends and family live in Lack and he has nowhere else to go,” Mr Fahy added.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said he would consent to release Evans on his own bail of £500 provided a suitable address could be found for him outside of Lack which is approved by police.
Evans was also ordered not to enter licensed premises or consume alcohol, not to possess any alcohol and to submit to a breathalyser tests if required.
He was also instructed to visit his GP and abide by any guidance given and not to have any contact with either of his parents. He will appear in court again on January 8th.

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