An ALCOHOLIC repaid his sick mother’s kindness by attacking and robbing her.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that Sheila Slevin had been forced to ask her son Stephen to leave the family home in Haydock because of his alcohol and drug abuse. But on January 7 she allowed him back into the house as she feared he would get hypothermia if he stayed outdoors in the terrible weather conditions.
Iain Criddle, prosecuting, said that in the middle of the night he became increasingly agitated and aggressive as he began to suffer withdrawal. In the morning Mrs Slevin, who suffers from asthma and other health problems, decided to leave home because of his behaviour. But the 31-year-old warned her: “You’re not going anywhere” before turning on her.
Slevin began to scream for money before grabbing hold of her bag and dragging her to the floor. He stole £30 and some tablets before leaving. Slevin, of Drayton Crescent, St Helens, pleaded guilty to robbery.
Natalie Cornwall, defending, said the last three months in custody had been the “best change” for Slevin and had helped him tackle his problems.
Suspending a nine-month prison sentence for two years with 18 months’ supervision, Judge David Boulton said he accepted Slevin was “looking forward to leading a productive and law-abiding life when released.” He also ordered him to carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work and imposed a five-year restraining order to keep away from his mother.