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Son charged with pulling knife on parents

A DUBLIN man has appeared in court accused of pulling a knife on his elderly parents after an argument broke out in the family home.

Patrick Shevlin (42) has been ordered by a judge to behave himself at home, and to continue attending an anger management course. A judge adjourned the matter to a date in February for DPP's directions on the charge.

Shevlin, with an address at St Patrick's Avenue, Clondalkin, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with producing a knife during the course of a dispute.

The alleged incident took place at the family home, also in Clondalkin, on January 6.

It was alleged that Shevlin produced a long-handled kitchen knife during an argument with an elderly couple.

Garda Gavin Duffy said Shevlin was arrested on January 6 and charged at 12.05am on January 7. He was handed a true copy of the charge sheet and in reply after caution he said "no, that's right".

Garda Duffy said there was no objection to bail, subject to conditions.

Judge Patrick McMahon remanded Shevlin on bail in his own bond of €200. As part of his bail conditions, he must not cause any disturbance at his home and he must attend an anger management course.

The court heard that Shevlin is unemployed and on social welfare.

Judge McMahon assigned defence solicitor John O'Doherty on legal aid and adjourned the matter for four weeks for DPP's directions on the charge.