27-year-old jailed for ‘choking’ mother

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A man who ‘choked’ his mother has been jailed for seven months.

District Judge Barney McElholm told Keith Kevin Gillespie if Northern Ireland ‘had proper legislation, he would be facing a more serious charge and be going to the Crown Court’.

Gillespie, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to common assault and assaulting and resisting police on August 9.

He also admitted resisting police in a separate incident on October 22.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard police received a call from a ‘distressed female’ who claimed her son was being abusive.

Officers attended and she said the 35-year-old had assaulted her after she asked him not to drink in her home.

He became abusive, shoved her against a door and ‘choked her’.

Gillepsie was arrested and struggled with police, kicking one officer.

In October, police were called to a disturbance in the Methodist Mission.

Gillespie had been asked to leave the premises by staff but he refused.

He was highly intoxicated and police escorted him out of the hostel.

Gillespie told the officers ‘f*** you’ and struggled with them, kicking out.

Defence counsel Eoghan Devlin said his client accepted these were ‘serious matters’ which ‘cross the custody threshold’.

He added that alcohol ‘is at the root’ of Gillespie’s offending.

District Judge McElholm jailed the 35-year-old for a total of seven months.