A Burnley man has been spared jail after admitting assaulting his own mother and stealing a mobile phone while delivering a Christmas card.
Burnley Crown Court was told that Craig Kershaw “turns into a monster” when he has had drink.
Kershaw (36) of Chatburn Avenue, Pike Hill, was given a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, when he pleaded guilty to two counts of assault, one count of theft and one of burglary.
Mr Stephen Parker (prosecuting) told the court that on December 14th Kershaw, who lived with his mother, demanded her bank card.
When she refused he grabbed it from her and later withdrew £90 from a cash machine.
Mr Parker added: “That same day, he went to deliver a Christmas card at his ex-girlfriend’s house in Wycoller Avenue.
“Noticing the door was open he saw her partner’s mobile phone and took it. The SIM card was later found hidden at his mother’s house.”
A second incident, on December 27th, saw Kershaw “grab his mother’s arm and twist it” when she refused to hand over her bank card.
Mr Richard Taylor (defending) said that when sober his client helped his mother with her shopping and cleaning.
Mr Taylor added: “It is quite clear that alcohol has significantly affected his life, work and relationships. He appreciates he needs to do something about his drinking.”
Recorder A.P. Long said that Kershaw had escaped jail “by the narrowest of margins”.