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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Carlisle thug terrified his own mum and gran

The mother and grandmother of a thug banned from contacting them told police how he pestered them for cash, leaving them too afraid to say no.

Twenty-two-year-old Stephen Lavery took all of his 73-year-old grandmother’s Christmas money. She told police that she could not "take any more” of his behaviour, Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard.

And his mother, Susan Brennan, said she had lost count of the money she gave him and said he scared her.

Lavery, who is banned from contacting the two women, got in touch after being released from prison earlier this month, prosecutor Pam Ward said.

On one occasion, Lavery, of Marina Crescent, Currock, arrived at his grandmother’s Carlisle home and began searching for a knife because he wanted to stab somebody he had fallen out with.

The court heard how Marcellina Higgin, 74, became so fed up of him that she called the police.

She said he marched into the house. “He was looking for a knife out of the knife drawer.

“He’d been up town and had a bit to drink and Stephen wanted to knife someone. I just kept quiet as I’m scared of him. His mood can change just like that.”

She said her grandson was “always demanding money”.

“I can’t take it any more,” she told police. “I’ve given him £250 – he’s taken all my Christmas money. He’s very intimidating and will just wear me down till I give him money.

“I’m scared of Stephen when he’s drinking. I’m 74 on Monday and I don’t need this type of behaviour in my life.”

Lavery’s mother told police that despite the court order which barred her son from contacting her she allowed him to stay at her home because the alternative was him “kicking off” and “damaging property.”

“He gets out of jail and has nowhere to go,” she said.

The court heard that Lavery committed the latest offences - two counts of breaching restraining orders designed to protect his mother and grandmother - days after a judge at Carlisle Crown Court gave him an eight-month prison term suspended for two years.

Lavery was jailed for 140 days in 2010 for harassing his grandmother. He entered her house and was abusive, kicked her doors and windows and harassed her with phone calls and abusive text messages.

At the time, Mrs Higgins told police that “she felt so afraid she thought she was going to have a heart attack”.

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