Judge tells son who stole from mum: Buy her a Mother’s Day card

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  • Havant man stole iPad and cash
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A JUDGE has told a thief to buy a Mother’s Day card as a way of saying sorry for stealing an iPad and cash.

Recorder Michael Selfe told Kris Calladine he owed his mother a great deal after stealing the tablet.

If you haven’t bought your mother a Mothering Sunday card already you better do it quickly

Recorder Michael Selfe

Calladine stole the iPad from her home in Woodcot Crescent, Havant, before later saying he would give it back if she gave him £100, Portsmouth Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Simon Foster said Calladine, 37, arranged to meet her in a street but then took the cash and walked off.

After sentencing Calladine, Recorder Selfe said: ‘If you haven’t bought your mother a Mothering Sunday card already you better do it quickly.’

He added: ‘Even a mother’s patience has limit and I hope she has reached the limit.

‘If you give her any further trouble, I hope you’ll be brought back before the court and sent to prison.’

The court heard Calladine was at his mother’s home.

His sister sent text messages to him asking for the iPad back and he said he needed to pay off someone £100.

Later he arranged to meet his mother in New Road, Portsmouth, at 5pm on October 15 last year.

Mr Foster said: ‘He said he had to hop round the corner to collect the iPad and needed the £100, which his mother handed over. He disappeared down a side road, she waited, texted and was texted back at about half past five.

‘After a further conversation he simply disappeared.’

Calladine, of Sharps Road, Havant, admitted theft.

When he was arrested three days later police found amphetamine in his bedroom and a lock knife.

He admitted possession of a class B drug and having a bladed article in a public place.

These offences were punished with a suspended prison sentence.

He admitted breaching this by not attending probation on three days.

He was given the suspended sentence order after admitting criminal damage at Drift Bar in Portsmouth.

Yesterday he was given a community order, told to complete a residential six-month drug rehabilitation course, a 12-month supervision requirement and the original suspended sentenced period was extended for a further six months.