A LISTOWEL father told gardaí that he feared for his safety when his drunken son came knocking at his door at 6.54am - breaching a barring order he and his wife had taken out against him.
Listowel District court was told that this was the second time John Paul Dillon of 100 Feale Drive, Listowel, breached the barring order, and that he had received a two-month suspended prison term just a month previously for the first breach.
Superintendent Michael Fitzpatrick said that at 6.45am on July 27 last, gardaí responded to a disturbance at 100 Feale Drive, where they met the 23-year-old who was drunk and aggressive. At the scene his father told gardaí he feared for his safety and that of his family.
As the defendant was being arrested he became more abusive and gardaí pepper sprayed him.
Solicitor Pat Enright said that his client has a chronic drink problem and this had forced his parents to take out the safety order some time ago. There was what Mr Enright termed 'a difference of opinion' between the defendant and his father and gardaí were called.
He asked Judge Mary Larkin not to call in the suspended sentence as Mr Dillon was staying out of trouble and was residing with his aunt and that 'seems to have done the trick'.
Judge Larkin imposed a suspended three month sentence this time, suspended for 12 months, on condition that John Paul Dillon enters a probation bond for a year. She also attached a number of strict bail conditions, including him staying at his aunt's address and notifying gardaí of any change; abiding by a strict curfew from 10pm to 7am; abstaining from alcohol and staying away from his parents' house in Feale Drive.