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Co Down man attacked father with dementia, court told

Lee Jackson appeared before Belfast High Court on Thursday
Lee Jackson appeared before Belfast High Court on Thursday

By Alan Erwin

A Co Down man accused of attacking his dementia-suffering father is to be barred from the area where the alleged victim lives, a High Court judge has ordered.

Lee Jackson was also told he can only see the 77-year-old if accompanied by a doctor or social worker.

The conditions were imposed on 44-year-old Jackson, of Seaview in Killough, as he was granted bail on a charge of common assault.

Police went to the village's Castle Court area on April 9 after his father, William Jackson, claimed he had been assaulted by his son.

A Crown lawyer said: "The alleged assault included being punched on his back."

Jackson was arrested but declined to give an account during interview, according to the prosecution.

Defence counsel Paul McAlinden described it as a "very, very sad case" involving an alleged victim suffering from Alzheimer's.

The barrister told the court his client is the registered carer for his father.

"He's saying yes, his father is suffering from dementia and his father does argue, that's a symptom of dementia," he submitted.

"People can become quite confused and raise their voices, there are times when both him and his father are shouting at each other."

But Mr McAlinden stressed: "He loves his father and wants to help him as best he can."

Granting bail on Wednesday, Mr Justice Huddleston imposed a condition that Jackson must not enter the Castle Court development.

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