Heroin user smashed mother’s TV after she refused to give him cash

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A MAN who smashed his mother’s £500 TV in a row over money before snatching two football shirts from a store just a week later has been ordered to pay a court fine of just £10.

Lee Graham pushed the Samsung television off its stand, causing the screen to smash, after his mother refused to give him cash.

He asked her for cash, when she refused he became agitated and pushed the TV from its stand, smashing the screen.

Prosecutor Jeanette Smith

When he was later arrested by police, he was found in possession of heroin.

The 25-year-old, of Chirton Avenue, South Shields, pleaded guilty to charges of criminal damage, theft and possession of a Class A drug when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, said: “The injured party, Mandy Graham, the defendant’s mother, said that he lives at her address, sleeping their at the weekends.

“She says he suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and is a heroin user.

“On Thursday, February 12, he asked her for cash. When she refused he became agitated and pushed the TV from its stand, smashing the screen.”

The court heard that Graham then stole two Newcastle United shirts from Sports Direct in King Street, South Shields on Saturday, February 21.

He was arrested by police near the store, with the shirts recovered.

Christopher Brown, defending, said: “He has entered into an informal arrangement with his mother to pay her £200 for the TV.

“She gives him support for the difficulties that he has in his life, which are exacerbated by the use of heroin, which he wants to move away from.

Graham was given a 12-month community order, with a nine month drug rehabilitation requirement and fined £10.