Parents of a young man got fed up with him for constantly pestering them for money so they got an order restraining him from contacting them or coming anywhere near them for five years.
This happened in Southampton, England.
The 24-year-old Matthew Kerley was jailed last year for 32 weeks on charges of harassment after he constantly pestered his parents. But he has continued the attitude despite the restraining order which was issued against him.
In one instance last month, Kerley was said to have called his parents for money 30 times in 24 hours with some of the calls being made in the middle of the night.
The restraining order was issued against the young man last year by the Crown Prosecution Service.
“His pestering of his parents for money led to the harassment conviction last year, but this behavior seems to have started up again,” prosecutor Liam Hunt recently told Southampton Magistrates’ Court in Hampshire. “In one day last month, his parents received 30 calls. These have also been in the middle of the night. A number of messages have also been received criticizing them, before asking yet again for money.”
Despite their son’s breach of his restraining order, Kerley’s parents had apparently given him money, only to hear from him again and again, sometimes lying about his reason for the demand.
“He told his parents he had a job interview and needed to shave, but his shaver had broken halfway through,” Liam Hunt told the Court. “He asked his parents for money, which they gave him, but he then turned up with a full beard.”
Despite these pestering, the man’s parents had no choice but to once again contact the authorities about his constant harassment.
Matthew Kerley’s lawyer, Julie Macey said that while her client acknowledged that his actions had to stop, they were justified by the fact that his benefits were going into his parents bank account for some reason, which has since been fixed. She added that the time he spent in prison for breaching his restraining order has done him a world of good.
Kerley is currently not expected to come anywhere near his mum and dad or even try to contact them for five years.