Son banned from contacting parents until 2022

2018-06-20 18:13
Mathew Kerley. (PHOTO: Facebook)

Mathew Kerley. (PHOTO: Facebook)

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Despairing parents Paul and Coreen Kerley have taken out a five-year restraining order against their son Mathew (24) after he was convicted of harassing multiple family members.

The young father of two from Southampton in the UK was last year sentenced to 32 weeks behind bars for harassment and causing his parents undue stress and anxiety by constantly pestering them, reports Metro.

“His pestering of his parents for money led to the conviction, but this behaviour seems to have started up again,” said prosecutor Liam Hunt.

Even after being jailed, Mathew continued asking his parents for money, calling and texting them in the middle of the night.

It was revealed in the Southampton magistrate’s court that even since the restraining order came into effect on a single day he called them more than 30 times.

Hunt told the court about how the young man often lied to his parents about the reasons he needed the money, reports Daily Mail.

“He told his parents he had a job interview and needed to shave, but his shaver had broken halfway through,” he said. “He asked his parents for money, which they gave him, but he then turned up with a full beard.”

 “A number of messages have also been received in which he criticised them before asking yet again for money,” adds Hunt.

Matthew’s lawyer, Julie Macey, said her client acknowledged his actions had to stop, and that time spent in HM Prison Bullingdon in Oxfordshire had done him “the world of good”, writes the Mail.

“He’s looking a lot healthier now than when I saw him three weeks ago,” she said. 

“While he wasn’t supposed to contact his parents, it was their bank account that his benefits were being sent to. Now, I believed that’s fixed.”

“He has a friend to go and stay with now, so things are looking up.”

Matthew has been sentenced to 12 months of community service for breaching the restraining order. 



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