Dilemma of the loving dad scared of his son

A DRUG addict has been jailed for three years after a series of offences against his own widowed father.

A court heard how Michael Jagger, of Brighouse, endured more than a decade of problems with his son Andrew, who began offending when he was 14.

In August last year, Jagger, now 26, repeatedly visited his father’s home, demanding money. A spate of offences culminated in him punching Mr Jagger in the face and robbing him.

Bradford Crown Court heard the robbery offence took place less than a week after Jagger was granted bail for previous crimes against his retired father and banned from going to his home.

On consecutive days last August Jagger, of no fixed address, got into his father’s home and took a bank card which he used to withdraw a total of £550 from his account. On one occasion he also drove off in his father’s Renault Clio even though he was banned from driving.

During one of the incidents Jagger also caused an estimated £300 damage to his father’s home.

Jagger was arrested and questioned about the offences, but after being granted bail he blatantly breached a condition not to go back to his father’s.

A few days later Jagger confronted his father outside the property and again asked for money.

During the incident Jagger became agitated and pushed his father on to the ground before punching him in the face.

Jagger again took the keys to the car and drove off in it.

Soon after he was arrested again outside a bank trying to use his father’s card, but the PIN had been changed. Jagger admitted a series of offences including, robbery, burglary, fraud, driving while disqualified and taking a vehicle with consent.

Jagger’s barrister, Richard Gioserano, said his client’s greatest shame was that his own father was now afraid of him.

“Your father is in a terrible dilemma,” said Judge Colin Burn, sentencing.

“It is quite clear, from the limited information I have, he is still quite rightly affectionate towards you but also by the same token he is your victim and has been for a number of years.

“I am told you are ashamed of that and you should be.”

The judge said he had taken account of the steps Jagger was taking to rid himself of the dreadful drug habit which was the cause of his offending.

He imposed a total sentence of 12 months for the first two incidents, but added two years for the robbery which was committed while on bail.

He was banned him from going within 200 metres of his father’s home and disqualified from driving again for two years.