Blackburn son spent cash stolen from mum on drink
10:50am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
A 48-YEAR-old man stole his mother’s purse when she left the room to call police to remove him from her home.
Blackburn magistrates heard claims there was only £190 in the purse and not the £400 his 77-year-old mother said it contained.
But he accepted he had spent it all on booze after throwing the purse and contents into a wheelie bin down a back alley.
Bolton, of Town Hall Square, Great Harwood, pleaded guilty to theft of a purse belonging to Irene Bolton. He was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay £200 compensation and £15 costs.
David Hartley, prosecuting, said Mrs Bolton was at her home in Accrington when her son came round at about 5.30pm.
He said: “She said he was clearly under the influence of drink or drugs and she didn’t want him in the house.
“He refused to leave and she called the police but before they arrived he had left taking her purse with him.”
Graeme Parkinson, defending, said his client had not gone to his mum’s house with the intention of committing a crime.
“It was a spur of the moment theft when he was left alone in the room,” said Mr Parkinson.
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