Probation Act for man with Alzheimers
A MAN who is in the early stages of Alzheimers was given the benefit of the probation act when he appeared before last week's sitting of Baltinglass District Court.
Bryan Swift (75), Longstone Cottage, Ballinacrow Upper, Stratford on Slaney is charged with breaching a court order at his address on May 26, 2012.
The court heard Swift had had an early diagnosis of early Alzheimers and his solicitor had been attempting to get a full and detailed medical report.
Defending solicitor for Swift said all parties involved were anxious to get matters dealt with as soon as possible.
The case relates to a breach of a safety order according to Swift's solicitor who said Swift intends to admit the facts.
His solicitor said Swift was a widower who had been in a relationship with the injured party for the past 20 years following the death of his wife.
He said both Swift's family and the complainant 'were fully supportive in the illness itself '.
Swift, he said, had since moved outside the home and resides in a flat in Baltinglass on his own.
'He goes to the house on occasion to tend to the garden', his solicitor said.
He said the couple now hope to sell the house ' which is the only binding thing in the relationship.
' There was a boundary issue which is almost sorted.'
A new arrangement had been agreed between the parties.
This means Swift can now attend the house between 10am and 4pm with the complainant by prior arrangement but won't stay over unless she is not staying there. His solicitor said: 'I don't think it will recur again or necessitate coming back before the court'.
Inspector Gerry Connolly said 'I wouldn't disagree'.
Judge David Kennedy gave Swift the benefit of the probation act.