Dad’s mercy plea gets son out of jail

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A ‘LONG suffering’ dad’s heartfelt plea to a judge has saved his abusive son from going to jail - but they won’t be seeing each other again.

Although Mark Andrew Bailey was given a four month suspended prison sentence, the court imposed an indefinite restraining order to prevent him from having any further contact with his father, Alan Bailey, who lives in Thorne, Doncaster.

After hearing Mr Bailey senior’s plea from the witness box at Doncaster Crown Court, Judge Jacqueline Davies told the son: “Your father has very impressively given evidence for you and you shouldn’t ever forget that.

“I hope your life will change for your sake and his sake, and you should publicly thank him.”

From the dock Bailey junior said: “I thank him very much”, and also thanked the judge for allowing him his freedom after nearly three months in prison on remand.

His father admitted he had spoiled his son in the past and their relationship had broken down because he was ‘at the end of his tether’ over his behaviour towards him.

The 26-year-old, who lives in Haynes Grove, Thorne, pleaded guilty to charges of criminal damage to his father’s car and attempting to pervert the course of justice by threatening his father to drop the case.

Prosecutor Jeremy Evans said there had been previous incidents which police were investigating, and the son phoned his father while drunk to make threats against him. Then he said: “You’d better go out and look at your car.” When Mr Bailey checked, all four tyres had been slashed, causing £400 damage.

Defence solicitor Ged Hale said Bailey junior was ‘very remorseful’ about the position he put his father in and accepted the restraining order.

“He understands his father does not wish to communicate with him. He can stop acting like a spoiled child and make his own way in life.”

He had been affected by excessive drinking after losing his job and the judge ordered him to attend an alcohol awareness course.

Mr Bailey accepted he had over-indulged his son when he asked him for money.