Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday, July 6, how Curtis Pass, 18, of Brindley Court, Killamarsh, took his mother’s car without permission and after it was discovered burned out by police he returned to her home and damaged a door, a gate, a shed and her new car.
Prosecuting solicitor Sarah Haslam said: “The defendant’s mother had asked her son to leave the family home after issues and he had found somewhere to live but after he was served an eviction notice he moved back in with his mum for a couple of nights.
“His mum got a knock on the door and South Yorkshire police said they had found her car partially burned out.”
The court heard how Pass returned to his mother’s home after taking the car and she locked him out as he was throwing plant pots about and damaged a PVC door.
Pass told police he had taken the car on June 16 while had felt down and he did not have a licence or insurance and he had driven to Crystal Peaks before crashing it into a verge after it had been blowing smoke.
Ms Haslam added that Pass returned to his mum’s days later on July 3 demanding money and hammering and banging at the door and throwing a wheelie bin before leaving.
The defendant’s mother subsequently discovered a window of her newly bought Ford Focus had also been damaged as well as a gate and a shed door.
Pass pleaded guilty to taking a vehicle without consent and leaving it damaged, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, driving without insurance, damaging a door, damaging a Ford Focus, a gate and a shed door.
In a statement to the court, the defendant’s mother said she had been left devastated and out of pocket because of her son’s behaviour and she wants him to get help.
The probation service stated jobless Pass had taken his mum’s car so that he could visit a friend’s grave and he acknowledges his behaviour was unacceptable.
Defence solicitor Felicity Coats said: “His mother has been very supportive of him previously but it is that relationship which has broken down and Mr Pass has been unable to deal with that.”
She added that he had also been struggling to deal with his emotions after visiting his friend’s grave.
Magistrates sentenced Pass to 16 weeks of custody suspended for 12 months with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 100 hours of unpaid work.
He was also banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay £105 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.
Magistrates also imposed a 12 month restraining order preventing Pass from going to his mother’s address and her workplace.