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Son jailed for threat to burn mum’s home
11:00am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
A MAN who threatened to torch his mum’s home because she wouldn’t wash his dirty laundry has been jailed by a judge.
James Cherry had been banned from contacting the woman after she won a court order to keep him away from her.
But the 20-year-old repeatedly breached it by going to her house and behaving in a threatening manner.
Marcus Davey, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court that Cherry’s mum had suffered at the hands of her son for years.
In April this year she was granted a restraining order preventing him from going to her house, or contacting her, for a year.
But on Sunday July 28, having already breached the order before, he went to her home in Walcot and knocked until she answered.
When she refused to let him in he started to shout abuse at her and after she shut the door he picked up a terracotta plant pot and threw it, smashing a window in the door.
Mr Davey said a month later, at about 6.30pm on Sunday August 25, he went back to the house.
“Again he spoke to his mother. He asked that she attend the address where he was living to collect his dirty washing,” he said.
“She refused. At this point he picked up some stones and threatened to smash some windows, though he didn’t put it in such polite terms.
“In order to get him away she told him there was a camera filming him proving he was in breach of the restraining order.
“Shortly after she received telephone calls. It was the defendant trying to persuade her to collect some clothing, again threatening to smash windows.”
She decided to drive to the police station to complain about the behaviour and on the way he phoned her mobile.
Mr Davey said he told her: ‘I am going to come and batter you and torch the house down and put the windows through’.
Cherry, of Rolleston Street, pleaded guilty to three counts of breaching a restraining order and criminal damage.
He also admitted breaching a suspended sentence imposed in May for not complying with the restraining order on an earlier occasion.
The court was told in April he smashed two windows after she would not let him in and in the past he had threatened to head butt her.
Will Woodman, defending, said his client realised he was facing a jail term for failing to comply with the court orders.
He said his client, who has not had an easy life, showed an immaturity by knocking on his mum’s door to ask her to do his washing.
In recent times he said Cherry had issues with accommodation, and had been sleeping on friends’ sofas, as well as having a gambling problem.
He said his client’s mum was just 16 when he was born and his father died when he was very young.
When he is released he hopes to stay out of trouble and eventually be reconciled with his mother, he said.
Jailing him, Recorder Michael Vere-Hodge QC said: “The person who has suffered the most from your behaviour has been your mother.
“I have read her victim statement and it is plain she is very much torn between the situation you have created and her very natural love for you as her son.
“But the way in which you behaved repeatedly has made her life a misery and you should be ashamed.”
He imposed a 36 week sentence and a two year restraining order banning him from contacting his mum or going to the road where she lives.