Teen held mum captive in flat

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A TEENAGER locked his mum in his terminally ill aunt’s flat for two hours as he ranted at her to drop criminal charges against him, a court heard.

Lloyd Birkby, 18, had been bailed to the cancer sufferer’s home in Rosemount Avenue, Elland, after he was arrested for spitting at his sister and damaging the wall of their mother’s home in Langdale Street, Elland.

His mother, who cares for her sister, had called round for her daily visit on Sunday when Birkby became abusive towards her.

James Weeks, prosecuting, told Calderdale Magistrates’ Court: “It was for two hours that she was detained within the house.

“He said she wasn’t going to be allowed to leave until she called police and told them to drop the charges.”

Birkby admitted assault, criminal damage and intimidating a witness.

Bill Rawstron, mitigating, said: “The decision to bail him to that address was inappropriate. His aunt was never realistically in a position to put him up, she’s terminally ill and the stress and the pressure aren’t helping.

“Added to that the situation that the aggrieved is her primary carer, it was always going to be the situation that the two would be in contact.”

Birkby was remanded in custody until October 13 and will later be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court.