Violent son locked up for making threats and demands for cash from his mum and dad to feed drug habit

A son who terrorised his parents by turning up at their home in the middle of the night to demand money to feed his drink and drug habit has been jailed for eight months.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 10:10 am
Updated Thursday, 29th April 2021, 10:12 am
Leeds Crown Court heard the 41-year-old has previous convictions for violence against both parents but still continued to put them in fear of being assaulted.
Leeds Crown Court heard the 41-year-old has previous convictions for violence against both parents but still continued to put them in fear of being assaulted.

Andrew Keeton made "relentless" demands for cash from his mum and dad and at one stage was taking up to £100 a day from them.

Leeds Crown Court heard the 41-year-old has previous convictions for violence against both parents but still continued to put them in fear of being assaulted.

Graham O'Sullivan, prosecuting, said Keeton caught a taxi to his parent's home in Horbury, Wakefield, at 1.30am on February 7 this year.

He was drunk when he went into the property and demanded money to pay for the cab.

Keeton was given £30 but continued to make threats and demanded more cash.

The defendant said to his 68-year-old father: "I will put you on your a***".

Mr O'Sullivan said: "He took that as a threat, having been assaulted by the defendant before."

Keeton was arrested at the house after neighbours heard the disturbance and contacted police.

The prosecutor said Keeton's father has health problems and was unable to defend himself.

In a victim statement provided to the court he said: "I genuinely fear that one day Andrew will do something that will cause me very serious injury."

Since the latest incident he had suffered from stress and anxiety and feared that his son may return to assault him.

Keeton, of Gervase Road, Horbury, pleaded guilty to affray.

He has 23 previous convictions which include offences of assaulting his mother and battery against his father.

James Littlehales, mitigating, said Keeton accepted that a prison sentence was inevitable for his latest offence and that his client had pleaded guilty at an early stage.

Sentencing, Judge Mushtaq Khokhar said: "While on this occasion the violence or the threat of violence against the complainant was minimal, nevertheless it is aggravated by your record of violence towards your parents."

Keeton was also made the subject of a restraining order banning him from contacting his parents or going near their home.