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Darlington drug addict stole from his own mother, court told
A JUDGE accused a drug addict of a “miserable performance” after he stole gold jewellery from his own mother.
And after she kicked him out of the home they shared he returned days later to break in, Teesside Crown Court was told.
Neil Muttrie sold the jewellery to a pawnbrokers, claiming it was his, before breaking into his mother's home to take her medication to help him sleep.
Rachel Masters, prosecuting, said Muttrie began living with his mother in Darlington after his relationship with a partner broke down.
However, it became apparent during his stay that items were going missing from the house and she began hiding anything valuable, she said.
On May 27 Muttrie's mother discovered a gold chain, gold ring and gold earrings had been taken from her bedroom and she called police.
Their enquiries revealed the defendant had sold the items to a pawnbrokers in the town and had signed a declaration form saying they were his.
Muttrie was told he was no longer welcome to stay, but on June 6 after returning from work his mother found a bathroom window ajar and challenged her son after spotting him on the drive.
Muttrie said he had returned for some of his clothing, but admitted he had stolen some of her prescribed medication.
Sarah Mallett, for Muttrie, said he had apologised for the “mean” offences and hoped his mother could forgive him.
She said: “He had a good relationship with his mother and has described himself as being very close to her.
“He cannot put into words how sorry he is.”
Ms Mallett said Muttrie had been taking amphetamine, but had not used it since the offences and was starting to address his drug problems.
Muttrie, 29, of Deepdale Way, Darlington, admitted theft, fraud, burglary and failing to surrender to police custody.
Judge Tony Briggs told him: “This was a miserable performance on your part and caused your mother a lot of upset.”
The judge gave Muttrie a 12 month community order with supervision and warned him he would be jailed if he committed any further offences or failed to comply with the order.