Belfast Telegraph

Son in 'kill threat' to mother is kept in jail

By Alan Erwin

A man allegedly threatened to kill his 82-year-old mother within hours of getting out of jail, the High Court heard.

John McPhilomey also flouted a non-molestation order by going to her home in Omagh, Co Tyrone, following his release, prosecutors claimed.

He had been in prison for an earlier breach of the no-contact order.

Refusing bail to the 57-year-old accused, a judge said he had to protect his elderly mother.

McPhilomey arrived at the pensioner's Golan Villas home after leaving custody on May 23 to pick up belongings.

Prosecuting lawyer Stephanie Boyd said his mother knew he was coming and arranged for a male nurse to be with her.

It was claimed that McPhilomey, of Meelmore Drive, Omagh, left in a taxi paid for by his mother before returning a second time after the carer had gone. Ms Boyd said the pensioner discovered her son drunk in the kitchen.

According to the prosecution he told his mother: "If you ring the police I will kill you."

The elderly woman agreed to bring him something to eat if he left and went to a greenhouse, the court was told.

Police were then called and found him asleep in a shed.

A defence lawyer said his client "completely denies making the threats to kill".

Mr Justice O'Hara ruled it was "impossible" to consider granting bail.

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