A mum who was hounded by her junkie son for 12 years has told of her heartbreak at having to turn him into the police after she was ”guilt tripped” into giving him money for drugs.
Catering assistant Anne Dunkerley, 57, would be routinely harassed by youngest child Dalton who told her he needed £20 in cash to avoid being beaten up by his dealers.
When she said she had no money, Dalton, 29, who was hooked on heroin and crack cocaine would pester for £15, £10 and then even £2 saying if went away empty handed it would be ”her fault” if he was subsequently assaulted.
Police arrested him in June this year after he broke into Mrs Dunkerley’s home and stole a mobile phone and an Amazon kindle which belonged to his late sister Danielle who died in 2013 aged 30, following substance misuse leaving two young daughters.
It emerged Dalton had been introduced to drugs by his older brother Darren when he was just 17.
In a statement, Mrs Dunkerley, of Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester said: ”Dalton’s drug addiction goes as far back 2008 when he began to smoke cannabis which in turn led to taking class A cocaine, heroin and crack cocaine.
“He will constantly contact me and my partner asking for money.
“He regularly asked for £20 and when he was told no he would then ask for £15 and then £10 and then lower it to £2 and if not the drug dealers would beat him up and it would be my fault.
“The constant pressure and guilt by him asking for money on a regular basis meant I had to block his number and told him not to attend this address.
“But he ignores this and continues to call with withheld numbers and attends my address at all hours of the day.
“Being a victim made me feel upset and annoyed and made my grandchildren feel scared to sleep in the house and that is not fair. Due to this harassment, it has been a long period of suffering and a great deal of financial loss.”
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Dunkerley, also of Ashton-under-Lyne, was jailed for 28 months after he admitted harassment, theft and assault of a policeman whom he spat at whilst claiming to have Covid-19.
He was under investigation for being concerned in the supply of Class A and B drugs at the time of his arrest.
Prosecutor Jonathan Dickinson said: “On June 6, officers were called to her home address receiving reports of the defendant having entered about 5.30am through an unsecured window demanding money.
“Mrs Dunkerley contacted police and when they attended the defendant was arrested and when searched found in his possession a phone belonging to her partner and a tablet belonging to her daughter. Mrs Dunkerley has full custody of the defendant’s nieces as their mother passed away a number of years ago.
“In interview he said he loves his mother to bits and can’t stop seeing her and wasn’t aware his behaviour had caused her harassment. He said he was ‘acting in this way because the drugs had taken over him’.
“He admitted he took the phone just so he could phone a friend and hadn’t had the chance to return it and said the kindle belonged to him as his mother had brought it for him.”
Dalton had worked as a labourer until his manager found him taking drugs during his lunch break causing his drug abuse to spiral out of control according to his mother.
His lawyer Daniel Calder, said in mitigation: “The defendant was introduced to class A drugs by his brother as a teenager and that intensified after the death of his sister. She herself died from substance misuse leaving two young children.
“The defendant was likely suffering trauma and turned to drugs to cope. He did remain at an engineering company for 14 months and played an active role in family life and a positive role with his parents but his addiction caught up with him.
“Despite his family’s efforts they were unable to help him turn things around and it spiralled. In June last year, his mother was forced to ask him to leave that was the catalyst for the offences that followed.
“He would pester his mother for money and that’s appalling and inexplicable behaviour. He says it was easier to score his own drugs by assisting with dealers and he was able to support his own habit.
“In November last year he was interviewed for being concerned in the supply of drugs but he had no support and supervision and in effect was left to his own devices. I submit unfortunate reasons he’s a man in dire need of help.
“He recognises his actions jeopardise his relationship with his mother and she’s the most important person in his life and he’s extremely grateful she intends to stand by him.”
Sentencing Judge Tina Landale said: “You are addicted to these drugs and you are well aware of the horrific devastation of drugs and drugs like crack cocaine and heroin.
“Clearly, you had a good relationship with your mother but that’s been spoilt by your behaviour towards her. It seems you didn’t realise the impact and effect you were having on her and those she lived with.
“Have now been in custody and had time to think about that and hope your relationship with your mum and the rest of your family will improve when you are released. I take into account the impact being in remand has had on you and it’s been a very very difficult time for you.
“But the offences are just too serious for me not to pass a prison sentence on you.”