Cash row man jailed after Chesterfield court hearing

Pictured is Paul Weller, 26, of no fixed abode, who pleaded guilty at Chesterfield magistrates' court to criminal damge.
Pictured is Paul Weller, 26, of no fixed abode, who pleaded guilty at Chesterfield magistrates' court to criminal damge.
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A drug-troubled man who smashed his mum’s kitchen window and door as he demanded birthday cash has been jailed.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how Paul Weller, 26, of no fixed address, had woken his mum by banging on her back door and when she refused to give him money he smashed a kitchen window with a garden ornament and broke two more ornaments.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “His mother heard banging and knocking. She said they had fallen out because she had bought him a phone for £50 and he had sold it to raise £10 to buy drugs.

“She ignored the noise but then got up and he said he wanted his birthday money but she said she wasn’t going to give him any. So Weller picked up a garden ornament and smashed a kitchen window and he picked up two further ornaments and threw them and caused them to break. Both panels in the back door had been damaged.”

Weller told police he had gone to the property in Chesterfield to get clothes and could not understand why his mother was not giving him what he wanted. He added that he had smashed the window and ornaments because he wanted to cause damage to the value of the money he claimed he was owed.

Weller pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage after the incident on November 2.

Probation officer Katie Shannon said Weller stated he would not co-operate with any possible community order because he preferred a custodial sentence. She added Weller had lived with his grandma since he was aged 11 and has a problematic relationship with his mother and has had drug problems. Magistrates who raised concerns for Weller’s mental health sentenced him to eight weeks’ custody.