Community order for 22-year-old who kicked girlfriend down stairs, broke into parents’ Stevenage house and stole money from mum

A young man who kicked his girlfriend down a flight of stairs, broke into his parents house and stol

A young man who kicked his girlfriend down a flight of stairs, broke into his parents house and stole hundreds of pounds from his own mum has been handed a community sentence. - Credit: Archant

A young man who kicked his girlfriend down a flight of stairs, broke into his parents’ house and stole hundreds of pounds from his own mum has been handed a community sentence.

Stevenage Magistrates’ Court heard that Ben Merryweather – formerly of Stevenage and now of Pemberton Road, Slough – had assaulted his girlfriend on two occasions in February. He admitted one of these charges, and was convicted of the other after pleading not guilty.

Magistrates also found the 22-year-old guilty of breaking through the door of his parents’ house in Stevenage the same month, and stealing £326 from a cash box belonging to his mum.

Merryweather denied all this. He told the court he had merely picked the money box up before putting it back, and that someone else must have taken the money. The bench rejected this version of events.

Merryweather’s community order requires him to complete 25 days of rehabilitation within the next 18 months. He must pay the £326 back to his mother, and has also been ordered to pay an £85 victim surcharge and £320 in costs.


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