Man faces New Year in jail for Christmas Day visit to grandma

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A MAN is starting the New Year in jail after breaking his bail conditions by visiting his grandmother on Christmas Day.

Lee Adamson was barred from contacting his relative – and entering the street where she lives – by magistrates earlier this month after being charged with assaulting her and stealing more than £10,000 in cash from his grandfather.

But the 22-year-old was found at his grandmother’s home at 10pm on Christmas Day by his own mother.

Just two days later he called at the door of his parents’ home, which he is also not allowed to enter, as it is in the same street, leading his sister to call 999. Police were dispatched and Adamson was arrested.

Adamson, of Bluebell Way, South Shields, denied breaching his bail conditions when he appeared from the custody dock at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

However, magistrates’ found the breach proved and agreed to a prosecution request to remand Adamson in custody until February 17, when he faces trial for an alleged assault on his grandmother and two counts of theft, one of £8,957 and one of £1,453, from his grandfather.

Adamson denied all three offences when he appeared before the court on December 16.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “At 10pm on Christmas Day, Adamson’s mother had gone to visit her mother.

“She entered the house through the front door, which was unlocked, and saw her son on the settee. He said thanks for a great Christmas and swore at her.”

Two days later, Adamson’s sister called police after seeing Adamson knocking on the door of the family home at about 11.15pm.

Christopher Brown, defending, said Adamson denied visiting either his grandparents’ or his parents’ homes during the festive period.

After magistrates found the case proved, he said: “He says he hasn’t breached his bail and is desperately saddened about the allegations.”

Adamson will appear before the court by videolink next Monday, where his legal counsel can make another bail application on his behalf.

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