A man repaid a lifetime of love and care from his 83-year-old grandmother by forcing his way into her home, wrestling her to the ground, and emptying her purse in a “quite appalling” robbery.
The victim had brought Nathan Brine up and “did what she could” for him after his release from prison by cooking his meals and washing his clothes. She also allowed his benefits to be paid into her bank account, Hull Crown Court heard.
On May 4, the day before the robbery, she called police to remove the 24-year-old from her home because she had “had enough” of his abuse and demands for money, prosecutor Phillip Evans said.
Officers had barely left the scene when Brine was back, causing an “altercation” in the west Hull street, and making “quite preposterous” claims that “she’s robbed me” and “she owes me money”, Mr Evans said.
The long-suffering grandmother went back into her home and counted out £110 in front of a refuse collector, who agreed to be a “witness”.
But Brine made later demands for money that day, and saying he would “take it on himself to call police, saying ‘If you don’t give me my money I’m going to blow your car up’,” the court heard.
The next day, Brine rang his grandmother at 3pm and asked if she would do his laundry, which she agreed, as long as he stayed outside. He arrived at 5.30pm with three bundles of dirty clothes, which the pensioner duly got to work on, finishing at 8pm.
Brine asked to use the toilet, then started asking for money, “becoming more and more aggressive”. His grandmother took the opportunity of locking him out when he returned to the back garden.
He then attacked her
Mr Evans said: “That was no deterrent to the defendant, who started banging and kicking the door. He shouted ‘Give me my f****** money. Open this f****** door’. Well, a glass pane shattered and the defendant managed to gain entry to the house, grabbing hold of his grandmother by her arm as she tried to walk away.”
She tried to get out, but as she got hold of the door handle “the defendant grabbed hold of her arm, spun her around and physically pulled her to the floor”. He was shouting: “Where’s your bag? Get your bag now. If you don’t get me your bag I’ll smash this place up.”
Brine helped her up and she retrieved it from the laundry basket. Mr Evans said he “tipped it upside down, all the contents fell on the floor. He picked up the black leather wallet which contained all the cash [she] had and counted it out in front of her, £90 in cash, saying ‘That will do’.”
His grandmother “was in tears and shaking uncontrollably”. Before leaving her to her bruises and grief, Brine warned her: “If you ring the police and I go to prison, I’ll f****** get you, I’ll get someone to do it.”
Brine, of no fixed address, made no comment in police interview but later admitted robbery.
In a victim statement, Brine’s grandmother said: “I’ll never get over this.” She said she “gets on well” with him when he’s not taking drugs, and said: “I would always do whatever I can for him. He’s my grandson and I love him.”
Brine’s 30 previous offences included two of battery against his mother.
Paul Genney, mitigating, said: “If ever there was an illustration of the appalling effects of drug addiction on others, this perhaps, is it.”
Dad ‘on kidnap charge’
Explaining Brine’s “wretched” family background, Mr Genney said: “Currently his father stands charged, and he’s locked up in the same prison – not for the first time – with kidnapping, or attempting to kidnap his own mother while she was in hospital.
“It gives a flavour of the lifestyle that this young man was, to a large extent, saved from by his grandmother.” Brine was “disgusted” with himself, Mr Genney said.
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Jailing Brine for 45 months, Recorder Felicity Davies told him he had repaid his grandmother “by violent, abusive, quite appalling behaviour”. He was made subject to a restraining order indefinitely.
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