AN IRVINE man who was scolded by a Sheriff for shoving his elderly mother has been grounded for three months.

Brian Gooding, of Annick Court, was told by Sheriff Iona McDonald that no one should assault their mother “no matter what she says to you” when he appeared before her last month.

When he returned to court for sentencing on Tuesday, July 17 he was told he would spend three months on a Restriction of Liberty Order and must remain at home between the hours of 7pm and 7am.

Forty seven-year-old Gooding, who court papers state also goes by the name Taylor, had attended his 73-year-old mother’s home to help out with some plumbing work on April 30, last year.

The prosecutor told the court Gooding wanted to check something online, but his mother told him to finish the housework first, at which point he started shouting and swearing.

He then grabbed his mother and pushed her, causing her to fall against a cupboard.

His frightened mother then phoned the police, however Gooding had left by the time they arrived.

He pled guilty to the charge of assault and of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner when he appeared in court on June 30. A not guilty plea to a third charge was accepted by the prosecutor.

Defence solicitor Alex Muir told the court his client accepted he should not have pushed her, adding that due to his disabilities he was unable to engage in unpaid work.

“He has long term health difficulties that go back to a head injury and has unfortunately developed diabetes. He looks a lot different and has lost three stone.”

Sheriff Iona McDonald told Gooding: “You’re pushing your mum, who’s 73.

“You don’t push your mum no matter what she says to you.”