Dad charged with assault over giving home-made tattoo to son

Laois man charged with assault after Kildare woman stabbed four times in back

Athy Courthouse

A man who was before Athy District Court on Tuesday, May 14, for an alleged assault on his son after he made attempts to give his 12-year-old a criss-cross tattoo on his shoulder, was remanded on continued bail.
The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his son, came to the attention of gardai on August 18, 2017, at 12.45am, in a Co Kildare town.

It was alleged in court that his son returned home to his mother who noticed that he had an injury on his shoulder, or a criss-cross tattoo.

His mother made a complaint to gardai. The boy was 12 at the time.

Judge Desmond Zaidan asked if the defendant had used a tattoo expert and was told by Sgt Brian Jacob that the father had attempted to do it at home by himself.

“What did he use — a sewing machine?” said Judge Zaidan “What happens if the boy said he wanted a tattoo?” 

He then asked if the marks were visible and permanent. The court heard that the boy will have the marks “forever” on his shoulder and upper arm and that they are visible.

Judge Zaidan remanded the defendant on bail until November 12, next.

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