Tuesday 17 October 2017

Mother beat son with branch and salted wounds

Judge Patricia Ryan imposed a two year sentence, which she suspended in full for two years (Stock image)
Judge Patricia Ryan imposed a two year sentence, which she suspended in full for two years (Stock image)

Fiona Ferguson

A mother who beat her nine year old son with a tree branch and poured salt over his wounds after he soiled his pants has avoided jail.

After the assault, she told the child he had to sleep in the bath and left him there for a time.

The 39-year-old foreign national, who cannot be named to protect the child's identity, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to wilful assault of her son at their home on June 24, 2012.

Remorse

Judge Patricia Ryan noted the woman's apology and remorse for her actions. She said the woman now accepted this was not an appropriate way to discipline a child.

She imposed a two year sentence, which she suspended in full for two years.

Patrick Whyms BL, defending, said the incident should be viewed in a "cultural context".

He said the woman had herself been a victim of corporal punishment and domestic violence in the past.

A local garda said that the incident came to light after the young boy asked his teacher for "magic cream" for his arm.

The teacher questioned him and the child made an allegation against his mother.

The HSE was contacted after the teacher and school principal noted marks and lesions on the child's arms and legs.

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