A MAN who plundered his grandmother’s savings has been banned from contacting her.
Frail 86-year-old Hilda Temple hid in her bedroom with the lights off to stop her grandson continuously asking her for cash.
Mrs Temple, who lives on her state and widow’s pensions, had to dip into her life savings to satisfy David Chadwick, who demanded up to £200 a fortnight from her.
The pensioner even gave her son Jim her bank books, to stop Chadwick’s requests for money.
But handing over control of her finances did nothing to stop her greedy grandson, who continued to visit his grandmother’s home in Baltimore Court, Concord.
In a victim statement read out to Sunderland Magistrates’ Court, Mrs Temple said: “I have had enough of David coming to my house. I want it to stop.”
She added: “I only get two hours of sleep a night with the worry. I feel always on edge that he will knock on my door.
“Sometimes I switch the lights off and stay in my bedroom, so he leaves me alone.
“It is getting to the point where it is affecting my health. I’m just tired and weary.”
Prosecutor Sarah Guest said in January, Chadwick received a harassment warning from police. However, he was arrested on February 21 after he turned up at his grandmother’s house again.
During one incident, she said, he threw her mobile phone to the floor when she tried to contact her son.
Chadwick, of Toward Road, Hendon, initially denied harassing Mrs Temple, but changed his plea to guilty on the day of a trial.
Defence solicitor David Sherwood-Smith said the pensioner had given Chadwick “pocket money”, when he lived with her in his teens and early 20s.
He said: “It seems she has come to a tipping point and the requests have become too persistent and caused her concern.
“His principal regret now is that the relationship with his grandmother is irreparably damaged.”
Magistrate John Price ordered Chadwick to stay away from her and carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work.
Speaking after the hearing, Chadwick said: “I pleaded guilty to stop my grandma coming to court. I love her so much and she has done so much for me.
“She was the first person who cuddled me.”
The unemployed warehouse worker has been out of a job since 2011 and claimed he took the money to pay household bills.
He added: “That money was being used for council tax. I have been using foodbanks.
“I’ve been really struggling.”