Drug ad­dict bur­gled fam­ily home and beat up his fa­ther

Ad­dict ‘had never seen his chil­dren’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Nuts & Bolts - By Paul Hooper

Martin John­son sat in a Crown Court dock l ook­ing much younger than his 29 years.

But a judge re­vealed that the drug ad­dict’s youth­ful face hid a more sin­is­ter side – that of “a nasty, vi­o­lent, bul­ly­ing thug”.

John­son, it was re­vealed, had beaten up his dot­ing fa­ther, stole money from him, dam­aged prop­erty and bur­gled the fam­ily home in Speld­hurst Close, Stan­hope, in June.

Judge James O’Ma­hony told him: “In a civilised so­ci­ety you nor­mally have re­spect for your par­ents.

“You are 29, although you look much younger than that, and you have ad­mit­ted com­mit­ting se­ri­ous of­fences against your own fa­ther.”

Pros­e­cu­tor Donna East had told Can­ter­bury Crown Court how John­son’s fa­ther, Clifford, had been so ter­ri­fied af­ter the beat­ing, that he pre­tended to be asleep up­stairs when his drug­gie son broke in look­ing for more cash.

Mr John­son had al­ready given his son £170 in cash – but in­stead of be­ing grate­ful, he was as­saulted.

The judge or­dered John­son to look at pho­to­graphs of his dad’s in­juries be­fore jail­ing him for 28 months.

He told him: “You tar­geted your own fa­ther. You are ad­dicted to drugs and that has made you be­have like a nasty, vi­o­lent, bul­ly­ing thug.”

Ms East had re­vealed how af­ter get­ting the cash, he at­tacked his fa­ther – leav­ing him with sus­pected cheek and eye socket in­juries.

She added: “His fa­ther must have been clearly at the end of his tether, clearly dis­tressed, fright­ened and in­tim­i­dated by his son’s be­hav­iour and con­stant de­mands for money.”

John­son had taken his fa­ther’s wal­let with £10 cash in­side and then with­drew another £120 from a cash ma­chine us­ing his fa­ther’s bank card.”

The pros­e­cu­tor said when he re­turned to the fam­ily home the fol­low­ing day the vic­tim rang the po­lice to re­port the ad­dict’s at­tempt to break-in.

“He con­tacted them again to say his son had bro­ken in and taken £30 in cash from a side ta­ble.

“Mr John­son had stayed in bed pre­tend­ing to be asleep be­cause he was fright­ened what his son might do.

“At 7pm the same evening, the son re­turned a sec­ond time and smashed a porch win­dow try­ing to get in again, “she added. Max Reeves, de­fend­ing, said John­son had suf­fered from his drugs ad­dic­tion “for a num­ber of years and had taken ad­van­tage of his fa­ther’s gen­eros­ity”.

The lawyer added that John­son had chil­dren of his own but had never seen them be­cause of his ad­dic­tion.

He added: “He is now ex­tremely apolo­getic for his be­hav­iour and feels very badly for what he has put his fa­ther through.”

John­son pleaded guilty to com­mon as­sault, fraud, theft and bur­glary and was jailed for a to­tal of two years and four months.

Judge O’Ma­hony added: “You have chil­dren of your own ... what kind of role model are you to them?

“Your only hope is to seek treat­ment and re­ha­bil­i­tate your­self.”

Martin John­son was told he had be­haved like a “nasty, vi­o­lent, bul­ly­ing thug”

Judge James O’Ma­hony or­dered John­son to look at pho­to­graphs of his dad’s in­juries

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