A TEENAGER trashed his blind and disabled dad’s home and threatened to hurt him after he refused to give him £700 for a holiday.
Anthony McCarthy sobbed as details of the charges against him were read out at Wirral magistrates’ court yesterday.
But District Judge Michael Abelson told him he wasn’t taken in by his tears and locked him up for three months.
He told him crying was "completely contrary to your bullying and intimidating behaviour".
McCarthy had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to charges of common assault and criminal damage at his 66-year-old dad Brian McCarthy’s home in Bromborough.
The 18-year-old, of Wycherley Road, Tranmere, had gone there on July 15 to ask for cash to pay for a trip to Amsterdam with his friends.
But when his diabetic dad – who uses a wheelchair and is visited by carers daily to help him dress, wash and eat – refused, McCarthy threatened to hurt him. He began kicking and punching household items including a table and picture frame and only left after being confronted by his two sisters who arrived later.
Simon McDonnell, prosecuting, said: "[His father] was very scared and upset. He couldn’t see to defend himself and could hear smashing noises."
In a personal statement read out in court, McCarthy’s sister Faye said her brother was aggressive towards her dad on an almost daily basis and was "very manipulative" in getting what he wanted. She said over time her dad had already given him £2,500.
Defending, Neil Fitzpatrick said his client was deeply ashamed of his actions and had been taking skunk [a form of cannabis] that had been making him anxious.
Alongside his sentence, McCarthy was given an indefinite restraining order preventing him from contacting his father.