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Londonderry man accused of breaking mother's wrist after demands to be fed

By Alan Erwin

A man allegedly broke his mother's wrist by deliberately slamming a window shut after she reached him food, the High Court heard today.

Sean Jackson is accused of causing grievous bodily harm when he turned up outside at her home in Londonderry late at night asking to be fed.

The 36-year-old, of Bawnmore Place in the Strathfoyle area of the city, was refused bail.

Jackson's mother reported the alleged assault while en route to a hospital accident and emergency department on November 24 last year.

At the time she claimed he had arrived and knocked on the door while she was watching television, the court was told.

Prosecution counsel Philip Henry said the woman went to the window, realised it was her son and decided not to let him in due to previous incidents.

"He was shouting at her that he wanted food so she went to the kitchen, filled a bag with food, opened the window and handed it to him," Mr Henry submitted.

"He took it from her, threw it on the ground and slammed the window shut on both hands with some force."

Jackson's mother sustained a fractured wrist in the incident, the court heard.

Mr Henry continued: "Her account to police was that she interpreted it as a deliberate act, he showed no remorse nor did he apologise."

Although the woman has since withdrawn her complaint, her initial allegations were recorded on police body-worn equipment.

Defence barrister Sean Doherty said Jackson maintains what happened was completely accidental.

"He has not accepted it was deliberate or due to recklessness that the injuries were sustained," he said.

Mr Doherty acknowledged his client suffers from depression and anxiety, but insisted he has a loving relationship with his mother.

But denying bail due to the risk of breaching any release terms, Mr Justice McCloskey said: "It's abundantly clear to the court that regrettably, due to the applicant's mental health, he's not capable of controlling his own actions."

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