A HEARTLESS thief has been disowned by his own mother after he stole the last precious pictures of his late grandmother.
Lee Robson took a camcorder containing the footage in October, when he made off with more than £1,700-worth of property from his former family home in Roker, Sunderland.
The 26-year-old had also stolen £950- worth of irreplaceable jewellery which had once belonged to the same grandmother, from a box in a bedroom the month before.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Robson’s mother Beverley Mullen had given her wayward son a place to stay after he was released from prison when he then carried out the thefts.
He was collared when a pawn shop ticket was found in his pocket.
The court heard Mrs Mullen has been left “devastated” by her son’s betrayal and said the camcorder contained footage of her late mother’s last Christmas before she died. Prosecutor Stuart Graham told the court: “She states she has taken out thousands in loans to pay off his debts and his drug habits. She even paid for courses in terms of work.”
Mrs Mullen told poiice: “I have done everything I can to try and help and support him.
“I can’t take more of this behaviour towards me.
“I want nothing to do with him. I feel totally betrayed and can’t take any more.”
Mr Graham added: “She has tried hard, but she cannot do it any more.”
Judge Penny Moreland sentenced Robson, who has been in custody for three months on remand, to a 12-month community order with supervision and drug rehabilitation.
He must stay away from his mother under the terms of a three-year restraining order.
The judge told him: “These were two particularly mean offences against your mother.
“You stole jewellery belonging to her which was of enormous sentimental value.
“You stole a camcorder containing the last remaining video footage she had of her mother. It is inexcusable behaviour.
“Understandably, your mother wants nothing more to do with you and you have to live with that. You have wrecked the relationship with your mother.”
The court heard Mrs Mullen did eventually get her property back.
Julian Smith, defending, said Robson is back with his partner and planning to lead a normal, law-abiding life in future.
He added: “There has been significant difficulties in his thinking and behaviour in the past, I cannot escape from that.”
Robson, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to two charges of theft.