A TEENAGER stole £250 to stop a drug dealer threatening to “smash” his mother’s home, a court heard.
Prosecutor Huw Evans told Wrexham Youth Court that between July 27 and July 28 the 16-year-old had stolen a cash card from his mother’s purse.
The youth then used the card to take money out of his mother’s bank account on three occasions on July 28.
The Wrexham youth admitted two accusations of theft and one of fraud.
Mr Evans said the boy admitted stealing the money, saying it had been to pay off a drug dealer threatening to “go to his mother’s house and smash it up”.
Emma Simoes, defending, said her client had faced a number of difficulties, particularly in the last year.
His father was frequently absent, his mother had mental health problems and he had ADHD but was not on medication at the time.
She said: “He was being treated by the drug dealer, who then threatened his mum and her property. He didn’t know what to do.”
Ms Simoes said her client was now taking medication, was working with a mental health organisation and was making efforts to start college. He was engaging well with the Youth Justice Service.
“He’s a very pleasant lad,” she said. “And not seeking to make excuses for his behaviour.”
The court also heard the youth had a good relationship with his new case worker, was due to start a college course and was living in supported accommodation.
Magistrates chairman Pat Thomas told the youth he “certainly came across as someone who wants to get their life back in order”.
Mrs Thomas said the youth’s current rehabilitation order would be revoked and a new one made for a year “so you can move forward with your life”.
Compensation and costs were not awarded because of his financial situation but Mrs Thomas said it was important the youth found a way of paying back his mother.
“Make sure that when your mum needs something, you’re there to give it to her,” she said.