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Teen accused of throwing boiling kettle at mother and telling her: ‘I wish you would die of cancer’

Court also heard it alleged that the 18-year-old spat in his mother's face

Lisburn courthouse

A teenager appeared in court after he allegedly threw a boiling kettle at his mother.

Lisburn Magistrates’ Court heard on Monday that having been let into his mum’s house in the early hours of Sunday morning, 18-year-old Matthew Treanor allegedly “spat in her face and told her ‘I wish you would die of cancer’.”

“He punched a picture frame which smashed,” a police officer told the court, adding that the teenager then “boiled the kettle and threw it at her” but fortunately, the kettle missed and didn’t cause any injuries.

Treanor, with an address at Larchmont in Newry, appeared in court via videolink from police custody where he was charged with attempting to cause GBH with intent, criminal damage, assault, making a threat to kill along with assaulting and resisting police on May 24 this year.

A constable told the court Treanor had left the property when officers arrived but he was arrested a short distance away, struggling with officers and kicking one in the leg.

Freeing Treanor on his own bail of £500, District Judge Nigel Broderick said “these are very serious allegations”, but given the teenager’s clear record, he was prepared to free him but with certain “stringent” conditions.

In addition to a surety, Treanor was barred from contacting his mother, going near her home and from alcohol as well being ordered to keep a curfew.

With a warning that any breach could result in “bail being removed altogether”, his case was adjourned until June 17.

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