Sunderland thug banned from contacting his own mother after stalking campaign

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A THUG has been banned from contacting his own mother indefinitely after he left her “frightened” and “intimidated” during a campaign of stalking.

Dale Younger, 22, turned up at his mum Susan’s Pallion home and as she worked in Sunderland city centre, demanding she hand over cash.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard Younger’s behaviour got out of hand during a six-day period earlier this month when he intimidated his mother on a daily basis.

Younger threatened her with violence and told her he would smash her windows unless she gave him increasing amounts of money, prosecutor Keith Laidlaw told the court. On one occasion, Younger pursued her through The Bridges as she shopped with friends and she tried to shake him off by entering Debenhams, but when she left, he was waiting outside.

On other occasions, she arrived home to find Younger waiting outside and he would be there when she left for work.

“I told him he wasn’t getting any money and shut the door. Dale walked off shouting and swearing.

“He kept coming back asking for money and I kept refusing but he was doing the same with his dad,” she said.

On October 8, he approached Ms Younger as she was getting ready to go to work at M Thoburn Fruit and Vegetables in Jacky White’s Market and went on to appear at the shop three times.

Ms Younger broke down and was comforted by customers and her boss, Matty Thoburn, told him to go away.

But a few hours later, he was back again and approached her as she was putting rubbish in the bin.

“I’m very frightened of Dale because he is so unpredictable when he takes drugs. I felt very intimidated.

“I want a restraining order preventing him from coming to my place of work. I am very fearful I will lose my job.”

Younger, of no fixed address, admitted stalking, involving serious alarm or distress, and an unrelated charge of criminal damage, for throwing a brick through the window of a house.

Joanne Gatens, mitigating, asked the bench not to impose an immediate prison sentence and said he needed help with his alcohol addiction.

“When he is in control of his drinking, he is in control of his behaviour,” she said.

Younger was jailed for 18 weeks, suspended for 18 months, and told to pay £100 compensation for the broken window, £80 surcharge, £85 costs.

Under the terms of the restraining order, Younger is banned from communicating with his mother indefinitely, or going within 50 metres of her home.