Jail for man who harassed mother
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A MAN has been jailed after breaking a restraining order against his own mother less than a fortnight after it was made.
Andrew Gollege, of no fixed abode, was given a restraining order preventing him from visiting his mother, Margaret Carr, at her address in Coleridge Road in Weston on February 5.
But on February 17, police arrested Gollege after he went to her house.
During a police search officers also found two foil wraps containing cannabis in his possession.
Prosecutor Kevin Blackmore told the court how the 45-year-old’s mother often feels ‘intimidated’ by him, leading to the order to be made after ‘frequent’ calls to the police.
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Mr Blackmore said: “He lived with his mother until December last year.
“He is an alcoholic and she is intimidated by him when he is intoxicated, which has resulted in frequent calls to the police.
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“On February 14 he knocked on the window and asked to be let in. She saw he was not intoxicated and felt sorry for him. He stayed at the address until the next day.”
But, a few days later, Gollege returned to the property drunk.
Mr Blackmore said: “She declined to let him in but gave him access to the shed. She asked him to leave but he didn’t so she called the police.”
Judith Mills, defending, said: “His mother has always been supportive, she has always tried to assist him. It has been very difficult for him to have been left without her.
“When he was homeless and cold and he went back home – initially to ask for a sleeping bag.
“She didn’t send him away but she assisted. She let him into the garden shed, she allowed the breach to continue. There was a mixed message.”
Gollege appeared at North Somerset Courthouse on Thursday where he was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison for harassment and one week, to run consecutively, for possession of a class B drug, cannabis.
He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.