Troubled teen is spared prison over new crimes

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A TEENAGER who punched a door after turning up at his mother’s house unannounced despite being barred by a restraining order has been spared jail.

Brandon Mulcrow caused £50 of damage to his mother Doreen’s living room door after she refused to give him money for food and cigarettes.

Wigan Magistrates’ Court heard how the restraining order, which is due to expire this summer, was imposed after the 18-year-old assaulted on his brother.

Under the terms of the order, Mulcrow is only permitted to visit his mother’s home by appointment and must not be there at the same time as his brother.

However, on December 13 he turned up unannounced at about 1pm.

Prosecutor Mike Ardern told how he then demanded £8 from his mother and, when she refused, he punched a door.

In a subsequent police interview Mulcrow admitted he was aware of the restraining order but said he hadn’t eaten for days and wanted money for cigarettes.

He admitted lashing out after his mother refused to give him money.

Colin Rawson, defending, said that his defendant had no income whatsoever and was unsure of how to claim benefits.

He explained that Mulcrow, of Chaucer Grove, Leigh, faced numerous “complex difficulties” in his life and was currently facing them without the support of his family - due to his own wrongdoing.

However Mr Rawson said Mulcrow’s mother was keen to rebuild her relationship with him.

Magistrates gave Mulcrow a 12-month community order and ordered him to complete 80 hours of unpaid work.

They also ordered him to pay £50 compensation and a £60 victim surcharge.