A MAN who used a hammer to smash his elderly mother’s personal attack alarm following a dispute about ‘whether eggs were bought in Lidl or Sainsburys’ has been fined £100 and ordered to pay £100 for the damage.
Robin John Scott (55), of Main Street, Ahoghill, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the alarm during an incident on August 26 this year.
A charge of assaulting his mother was withdrawn by prosecutors.
A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court, on Thursday, the attack alarm had been given to Scott’s mother by police due to “previous incidents”.
The court heard Scott had a record of nine previous offences including a drugs matter.
Defence barrister Michael Smyth said although the defendant had a record there were no previous offences relating to his mother.
He said Scott previously had “good employment” in England up until the breakdown of his marriage and then moved home to “look after” his mother in Ahoghill.
The barrister claimed the defendant’s mother was “starting to deteriorate in terms of her cognitive ability due to her age”.
The defence lawyer told the court: “There was a falling out on the day of the incident over where eggs were purchased, whether it was Sainsburys or Lidl”.
The lawyer said Scott accepted he “lost his temper” and used a hammer to smash the alarm which, according to the barrister, “his mother was using to contact the police over fairly frivolous incidents”.
The barrister said the defendant was then “put out of the house” pending the conclusion of the case and will no longer live with her but claimed Scott’s mother had been “seeking him” as he is her “primary carer”.
The lawyer said the defendant is not working but claiming benefits as he “suffers from poor mental health and the possession of Class B drugs in November of last year may contribute to that”.
Regarding the criminal damage charge before Thursday’s court, Scott was fined £100 plus the offender levy of £15 and he was also ordered to pay £100 compensation for the damaged personal attack alarm.