Sunday Territorian

Bullying grandson wrecked family

- Dylan Arvela

A trolley collector’s depraved actions “ripped” a family apart and drove his grandfathe­r out of town and to the brink of suicide, a court has heard.

The tragic reality of elder abuse was revealed in the victim impact statement tendered during Adam Loader’s sentence in Wollongong Local Court on Thursday.

Loader, 33, from Warilla Grove, was found guilty during a previous hearing of demanding property with menace and intent to steal. The court heard he bullied his grandfathe­r, who was in his 70s at the time, during a three-year period between 2017 and 2020.

The court Loader would take his grandfathe­r’s belongings, such as his television, vacuum, jewellery, lawnmower and whipper snippers, before pawning them off.

The victim, who is an aged pensioner, was left scrambling and forced to go to the pawn dealer to buy back the stolen possession­s.

Many of the items were pawned off multiple times including the Sanyo television which went through the cycle on a dozen occasions.

The court heard Loader would also steal his grandfathe­r’s pension payments, and follow the victim to his bank before demanding he hand over the cash.

It was heard Loader would stand over his grandfathe­r and threaten to headbutt and stab the victim if he did not oblige.

“This offence and what happened over time made me feel very bad and scared for my safety in my own home,” read the heartbreak­ing victim impact statement.

“When I left the Illawarra I was suicidal … it was either drive over Macquarie Pass to commit suicide or drive to the country and get away.” In court on Thursday, Magistrate Gabriel Fleming scorned Loader for having “no remorse”. He was sentenced to a two-year intensive correction order and 200 hours community service.

 ?? ?? Adam Loader.
Adam Loader.

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