A TEENAGER who demanded that his mother give him money to feed his drug addiction has been placed under a 12-month community order.

Jordan Rippon threatened to burn his mother's flat, while on another occasion he threatened to cut her throat if she did not take her television to Cash Converters to get him money for cannabis.

North East Wales magistrates labelled his crimes “particularly nasty” and ordered him to undergo drug rehabilitation, complete 100 hours of unpaid work and pay his mum £70 compensation.

Rippon stole Marina Rippon’s mobile phone and made a series of threats against her at her home in Victoria Avenue, Wrexham.

Prosecutor Rhian Jackson told the Mold court: “He has targeted his mother and threats were made against her in relation to her co-operating with him in terms of giving him money or sell items to fund his drug addiction.”

Rippon, 19, of Bryn Offa, Fennant Road, Ponciau, pleaded guilty to seven offences including two counts of threatening behaviour and one of threatening to cause criminal damage.

He also admitted theft, a drunk and disorderly charge and two counts of failing to surrender.

Euros Jones, defending, said Rippon, who had worked as a door-to-door canvasser, was disgusted with his actions and accepted he needed anger management and help in tackling his cannabis addiction.

The solicitor said Rippon’s housing problems had been a contributory factor. He ended up sleeping on a park bench in Erddig.

“He wants help to turn his life around," said Mr Jones.

"On paper it looks like he is a violent animal, but he is not.

"He had trouble in sheltered accommodation where he was beaten up and had to leave.

“He was homeless and turned to substances, but he has been clear for five days and he fully accepts he needs assistance.”

The magistrates also fined Rippon £40 for being drunk and disorderly and told him to pay £85 costs.