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‘You’re dead’: Man who made threats to kill his mother and sister over alcohol intervention

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A man who made threats to kill his mother and sister following an intervention in relation to his drinking problem has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

The district judge told the 29-year-old: “Imagine your mother being found by police cowering behind a cushion in fear of her son”.

Mark Samuel Weir, of Forthill Green, Banbridge pleaded guilty to two counts of common assault, two counts of threats to kill, criminal damage and possession of Class B at Newry Magistrates’ on Wednesday, via videolink from police custody.

Prosecution outlined that on October 12, at 7.08pm, police received a call from the injured party regarding her son – the defendant.

She claimed that Weir, whilst intoxicated, had damaged doors and walls in her home, before making threats to kill bother her and her daughter.

Officers arrived at the injured party’s home to find the defendant standing outside the address wearing only red shorts.

It was noted that Weir’s speech was slurred and inside the property his mother was observed cowering behind a cushion in the living room.

Statements from the injured parties claim the defendant had been drinking for the last few days and when his sister confronted him about this, he became aggressive punching and head-butting the walls and doors.

Weir then “squared up” to his sister, and told both injured parties “you’re dead”.

The defendant was later arrested, and during a search of his bedroom, a quantity of suspected cannabis was found.

He was interviewed the next day, but claimed that he could not remember the incident as he had consumed two bottles of Buckfast.

The defendant admitted that the cannabis was his, saying he paid £25 for it a week prior.

Defence barrister Justin Byrne stated: “He has a fairly limited record, this was a sad state of affairs. He does suffer from mental health difficulties and had been drinking for two or three days.

“His mother and sister had been trying to care for him; he regrets his actions in the cold light of day and has learned a salutary lesson.”

District Judge Eamonn King said: “This is a sad state of affairs, a big strapping fella appearing in this court for making threats to his mother and his sister, especially when they were only concerned about his drinking.

“This was such to the extent that when he sobered up her could not remember what he did. Mr Weir, imagine your mother being found by police cowering behind a cushion in fear of her son”.

He added: “You have nothing on your record of this nature, it would appear the only reason you acted in such a despicable way was down to your abuse of alcohol and drugs.”

Weir was sentenced to three months in prison suspended for a period of 12 months.

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