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A man spat on his 91-year-old mother because she did not give him enough money for alcohol, a court heard yesterday

A man spat on his 91-year-old mother because she did not give him enough money for alcohol, a court heard yesterday

A man spat on his 91-year-old mother because she did not give him enough money for alcohol, a court heard yesterday

A man spat on his 91-year-old mother because she did not give him enough money for alcohol, a court heard yesterday.

Lisburn Magistrates Court also heard that out of a "misguided sense of loyalty to her son", the pensioner refused to make a formal statement against 46-year-old Daniel McCrudden.

McCrudden, from Laurel Way in Dunmurry, appeared in court via video-link from police custody.

Defence solicitor Norman Shannon said he is pleading guilty to the three charges of common assault, attempted criminal damage and assaulting a police officer on April 17.

A prosecuting lawyer told the court how police were called to the home of the pensioner just before 8pm on Friday, but although she was "visibly upset", McCrudden had already left.

The pensioner refused to make a formal statement, but the lawyer said her neighbours had witnessed the entire incident having been disturbed by a drunken McCrudden banging on his mother's front door.

They told officers how McCrudden had been demanding money, so trying to keep her distance due to Covid-19 regulations, his mum threw him a £10 note.

"He began to kick at the front door because she didn't give him all the money that he had asked for," said the lawyer, adding: "The neighbours saw him spit at her - it landed in her chest, on her clothes."

The pensioner told police she did not want them to arrest her son and did not wish to make a complaint.

But her account had been recorded on body-worn cameras, plus the whole incident had been witnessed by the neighbours.

The court heard that after McCrudden was arrested at his home he headbutted an officer when he was being put into the police vehicle.

Revealing that McCrudden had "an appalling record" with 66 previous convictions, the lawyer added "there's a significant history of domestic violence" against his mum.

Mr Shannon told the court McCrudden "is obviously deeply ashamed of his behaviour" but was "very anxious" to be freed on bail.

"He was extremely drunk and doesn't recall much of the incident but accepts much of what the neighbours said is accurate," said the lawyer.

The PPS lawyer told the court she had reservations about McCrudden being freed due to a risk of reoffending and witness interference, submitting that "the fact he was prepared to do this in broad daylight, in front of the neighbours, shows a flagrant disregard for his mother".

Freeing McCrudden on his own bail of £300, District Judge Amanda Brady barred him from taking alcohol or abusing prescription drugs, also imposing an exclusion zone and a curfew on him.

Adjourning the case to June 1 for a pre-sentence report, the judge warned: "I don't think I can deal with it in any way that doesn't involve custody without input from probation."

Belfast Telegraph