Derry teacher sentenced for attacking son
A former grammar school teacher from Londonderry has been put on probation for three years for fracturing her son's skull with a vase.
Treasa Doherty, 51, from Carnhill, admitted assaulting the 23-year-old in their then home in Garden City in February 2012.
The city's Crown Court was told the assault took place following a drunken row between mother and son.
Her son spent nine days in intensive care after the attack.
The court was told her son was almost five times over the legal driving limit for alcohol in his blood at the time of the attack, and he made no statement of complaint against his mother.
Judge Piers Grant said it was obvious the defendant had been an alcoholic for a prolonged period of time.
He ordered her to enlist in and complete an alcohol awareness programme while on probation, and warned if she "fell off the wagon just once" she would be jailed immediately.