SMIRKING Steven Hamilton walks free from court after launching a hate campaign against his mother – five years on from killing his father.
Hamilton snapped when he discovered his mum had started an affair with one of his pals.
The 24-year-old began sending threatening and abusive text messages to them both, despite a conviction for the manslaughter of his own father, also called Steven, in 2006.
At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, Hamilton pleaded guilty to two charges of harassment.
Prosecutor Jonathan Devlin told the court how, despite the frightening and abusive messages she received, Hamilton’s mother had sent a letter saying she did not want her son locked up.
Mr Devlin said: “She said the defendant had a number of problems and asked the court to consider giving him a second chance.”
Mr Recorder Jeremy Freedman sentenced Hamilton, who has served the equivalent of a 10-month sentence on remand, to a community order for three years with supervision.
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Hamilton was given an indefinite restraining order, banning him from having any future contact with his mum.
The judge told him: “You were dismayed at the fact your mother had engaged in a relationship with a friend of yours, given the age difference, that’s one thing.
“You certainly weren’t entitled to vent your anger in the way that you did.
“You sent very threatening and unpleasant messages on countless occasions on your telephone.
“At the time you caused your mother and her then-partner very considerable upset, fear and anxiety.
“There will have been times when they believed you were going to carry out those threats.”
Hamilton’s mother had been ill in bed when her son killed his 42-year-old father in their house in Marley Pots, Sunderland, in March 2006.
Hamilton stabbed his dad nine times with a kitchen knife after a row erupted.
Prosecutors accepted the stabbing was the result of long-running abuse by Mr Hamilton towards his son, who admitted manslaughter on the grounds of provocation. He was jailed for 18 months.
Bob Spragg, defending yesterday, said Hamilton came out of jail from the manslaughter sentence without any of his problems being addressed.
Mr Spragg said Hamilton, of no fixed address, is willing to work with officials and experts who want to help him.