A son has been banned from contacting his parents for five years after he was hit with a restraining order.
24-year-old Matthew Kerley’s parents were so sick of him constantly pestering them for money, they took him to court and got a restraining order which forbids him from contacting them until 2022.
Last year, Kerley, from Eastleigh, Hampshire, was also sentenced to 32 weeks in jail for harassing multiple family members.
As reported by the Mirror, Kerley’s 60-year-old father, Paul, supported the restraining order suggested by the Crown Prosecution Service, back in 2017.
Kerley’s persistence had caused Paul and his 51-year-old wife Coreen both ‘stress and anxiety’.
However, Kerley breached the requirements of the court order he was given after being convicted of harassment, making 30 calls to his parents in just one day.
For breaching his conditions, he’s been given a 12 month community order.
Prosecutor Liam Hunt told Southampton Magistrates’ Court Kerley would still ask for money, lying about the reason he needed it.
Hunt told the court:
He told his parents he had a job interview and needed to shave, but his shaver had broken halfway through. He asked his parents for money, which they gave him, but he then turned up with a full beard.
His pestering of his parents for money led to the harassment conviction last year, but this behaviour seems to have started up again.
In one day last month, his parents received 30 calls. These’ve also been in the middle of the night.
A number of messages have also been received criticising them, before asking, yet again, for money.
Representing Kerley, Julie Macey acknowledged his actions had to stop but claimed the time he spent at HMP Bullingdon had done him ‘the world of good’.
He is looking a lot healthier now than when I saw him three weeks ago. While he was not supposed to contact his parents, it was their bank account that his benefits were being sent to.
Now, I believed that is fixed. He has a friend to go and stay with now, so things are looking up.
He acknowledges he caused his parents a lot of stress and anxiety, and that it had to stop. Prison seems to have done him the world of good.
Earlier this year a judge evicted a 30-year-old man, who refused to move out of his parents’ home.
Michael Rotondo from Camillus, New York, moved back into his parents’ house eight years ago after losing his job.
However, he ignored their requests for him to move out prompting them to take more drastic measures.
In May 2018, desperate parents Christina and Mark filed a petition in Onondaga County’s highest court to order Michael’s removal.
According to ABC News, in court, Michael claimed he wasn’t given a long enough notice period to leave and the $1,100 (£819) he received from his parents wasn’t enough to fund him finding a place on his own.
However, Judge Donald Greenwood ruled Michael must now vacate the home.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.