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NI man Aaron Mitchell jailed for assaulting his mum (88)

A Northern Ireland man has been jailed for assaulting his 88-year-old mother after "pestering" her for money to buy drink.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard Aaron Mitchell, 45, grabbed the pensioner during a row at her home in the Newtownabbey area.

Mitchell, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to common assault and was handed a three-month prison sentence.

Police were called to the property on April 5 amid concerns for the woman's safety.

She told officers Mitchell had been "pestering her all day for money for alcohol" - despite buying him a bottle of whisky.

Prosecutors said he then grabbed her by her clothing, leaving a bruising mark.

According to a defence lawyer Mitchell put his hands on his mother in an attempt to restrain her.

"He made a case of self-defence, but now accepts the force used was excessive to that which was proportionate," the solicitor submitted.

Sentencing Mitchell to three months imprisonment, District Judge Fiona Bagnall said: "Given the circumstances, in particular the frail nature of the injured party, this undoubtedly passes the custody threshold."

Belfast Telegraph