Son banned from contacting parents until 2022 after pestering them for cash

A son has been banned from contacting his parents for five years after they got fed up with him constantly pestering them for cash.

Matthew Kerley, 24, has been forbidden from approaching his parents through a restraining order after he was convicted of harassing multiple family members.

Kerley’s father, Paul, 60, had supported a restraining order suggested by the Crown Prosecution Service in 2017 after his persistent "pestering" had caused him and his wife Coreen, 51, an extreme amount of anxiety and stress.

It came after Kerley was sentenced to 32 weeks behind bars last year for harassment.

But despite the restraining order, a court heard that Kerley had made 30 phone calls to his parents in a single day, breaching the requirements of the court order.

At Southampton Magistrates’ Court, Hants, prosecutor Liam Hunt, told the court how the 24-year-old would still ask for money, only to lie about the reason.

He told the court: "He told his parents he had a job interview and needed to shave, but his shaver had broken halfway through.

"He asked his parents for money, which they gave him, but he then turned up with a full beard.

"His pestering of his parents for money led to the harassment conviction last year, but this behaviour seems to have started up again.

"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 criticising them, before asking yet again for money."

Mitigating, Julie Macey said that Kerley acknowledged his actions had to stop, and that time spent in HMP Bullingdon, Oxon, had done him "the world of good".

She said: "He is looking a lot healthier now than when I saw him three weeks ago.

"While he was not supposed to contact his parents, it was their bank account that his benefits were being sent to. Now, I believed that is fixed.

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

"He acknowledges he caused his parents a lot of stress and anxiety, and that it had to stop. Prison seems to have done him the world of good."

Presiding, chairman of the magistrates Steven Anderton sentenced Kerley of Eastleigh, Hants, to a 12-month community order for breaching the restraining order.

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