The Kerley’s were looking forward to a peaceful retirement. Soon after their son moved out he would end up in jail.
Coreen still had a few more years to work teaching young children. Paul was already ready to retire from his job as a maintenance mechanic in South River City, Austin. Like many parents these days, the Kerley’s had a young adult son who still lived at home. 24-year-old Matthew was unemployed. Both parents worked very hard to have enough money to take care of their son.
Their son was always begging for money. Once he told his parents he had a job interview and asked for money because his shaver had broken halfway through. When he turned up he had a full beard, he didn’t buy a shaver at all. Matthew would lie about anything to get some money from his parents.
One day their son showed up and told his parents he actually got a job and would soon move out to his own flat. For once, he was telling the truth to his parents. Coreen and Paul could hardly believe their luck when Matthew told them he found a part-time job. He was about to move soon to his own place. They thought the money begging would finally stop. Soon they realized it just got worse.
He started calling his parents day and night, begging for money. In one day last month, his they received 30 calls at night.
A number of messages have also been received criticizing them, before asking yet again for money. Matthew has been forbidden from approaching his parents through a restraining order after he was convicted of harassing multiple family members.
Mitigating, Julie Macey said that Kerley acknowledged his actions had to stop, and that time spent in HMP Bullingdon, Oxon, had done him “the world of good”.
She said that he is looking a lot healthier now than when I saw him three weeks ago.
While he was not supposed to contact his parents, it was their bank account that his benefits were being sent to. Now, that should be fixed.
He has a friend to go and stay with now, so things are looking up.
He acknowledges he caused his parents a lot of stress and anxiety, and that it had to stop. Prison seems to have done him the world of good.
Presiding, chairman of the magistrates Steven Anderton sentenced Kerley of Eastleigh, Hants, to a 12-month community order for breaching the restraining order.
Matthew may still not contact his parents for a period of 5 years.