Son ordered by judge to stay away from mum after 'driving her to distraction' over money

A son who is "driving his mum to distraction" has been ordered to stay away from her indefinitely.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 2:49 pm

Nicolas Wheatley has regularly "pestered and harassed" his mum and made repeated requests for money.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 29-year-old, who has previously been given a two year ban from contacting her, turned up at her home in Houghton last October asking for cash.

Prosecutor Neil Jones told the court after no money was handed over, Wheatley was caught taking money from her purse, which he was ordered to put back.

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Nicolas Wheatley has regularly "pestered and harassed" his mum and made repeated requests for money, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Later the same day, he was caught on CCTV taking £163 from the till at her bakery business.

The mum said in a victim statement: "The incident has caused me a great deal of anger and upset and anxiety."

She added: "I love Nicolas but he needs to understand that his behaviour is unacceptable and it has upset and hurt everyone."

Wheatley, of Second Street, Blackhall, who has 34 previous convictions on his record, admitted theft and burglary.

Mr Recorder Michael Fanning sentenced Wheatley to a community order for 18 months with rehabilitation requirements and an eight month night time curfew.

Wheatley was given a restraining order "without limit of time" to keep Wheatley away from his mum and her home.

The judge told him: "You are driving her to distraction, to the extent now she wants an order that requires you to stay away from her and that is despite the fact that in her statement she said she wants you to get some help and support."

Joe Kidd, defending, said Wheatley has had issues with drugs and homelessness.

But he has been taking "baby steps" towards a better future and now has his own accommodation.

Miss Kidd said Wheatley wanted to express remorse for the upset he has caused.

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