Mother turns in son for damage

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A 20-YEAR-OLD man who caused criminal damage at his own home was turned in by his mother because she thought it would help him.

Dorothy Paulo, mother of Matthew Paulo, pressed charges against him after he punched a kitchen cupboard during an argument.

She said: “I feel bad for reporting him as his mother but I just didn’t know how else to deal with it.”

Paulo, of The Chase, Brandon, appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to charges of criminal damage, possession of cannabis, theft of a laptop to the value of £300 and failing to surrender to bail.

The 6.4 grams of cannabis was found after Paulo was searched at a police station on May 15.

The laptop was stolen from his mother after Paulo claimed he had loaned it to a friend.

Colette Griffiths, prosecuting, said the criminal damage took place after Paulo attended a Jubilee party on June 2.

After arguing with his mother at the party, they returned to her house where he punched the door.

Paul Booty, in mitigation, said Paulo’s behaviour had worsened after suffering a stroke in February.

Mr Booty said: “He’s changed from being a fairly normal young man who had everything going for him.

“He was in court earlier this year and was spoken very highly of by his mother.”

However, following two operations, he was now self-harming and ‘committing offences at home’, according to Mr Booty.

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be produced.