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Jealous mother: Pauline Randles, 57, pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal harm, harassment and assault after assaulting her police officer son
A mother who claims to suffer from ’empty nest syndrome’ and who assaulted and repeatedly harassed her only child, a police officer, has been banned from contacting him for 18 months.
Pauline Randles, 57, began her escalating campaign of harassment after she became jealous of her son, PC Simon Randles, who is in his thirties, left the family home and moved in with his new girlfriend.
Randles, of Neston in Cheshire, punched PC Randles in the face and kicked him in the leg after accusing his partner Lauren Stocker of “taking him from her.”
During the violent confrontation, she told her son, “If I see Lauren, I’ll kill her,” and when Miss Stocker tried to drive away, she got in the way of the car.
Over a six-week period, she sent abusive text messages to her son, a recently graduated British transport police officer, who said, ‘I wish you were aborted – I wish you were fired from your job.’
She “abused” her son emotionally by threatening suicide by taking an overdose if he didn’t get her needs “immediately” and sent pictures of a kitchen knife saying she would slit her wrists with it.
In a statement, PC Randles said he had to be hospitalized because of the stress caused by being chased by his mother.
He now suffers from anxiety and depression and asked for a restraining order for “the situation had lasted way too long.”
At Warrington Magistrates’ Court, Ms Randles pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal harm, harassment and assault.
She was fined £120, sentenced to complete a 12-month community order and banned from contacting PC Randles for 18 months – which her lawyer said would be “like a bullet to the heart, as that period also includes Christmas.” includes’.
Randles began her escalating campaign of harassment after she became jealous of her son, PC Simon Randles (left), who is in his thirties, leaves the family home and moves in with his new girlfriend Lauren Stocker (right)
Randles was fined £120 for completing a 12-month community order and banned from contacting PC Randles for 18 months
PC Randles had previously had a good relationship with his mother and lived with her while working as a delivery boy and as a special agent for BTP. But her problems started after he met Miss Stocker last May, and they moved in together after he completed his formal police training.
“The defendant began threatening him that she would take an overdose if he did not meet her needs immediately,” prosecutor Ashleigh Simpson said.
‘She did take some tablets and was taken to hospital for a check-up, but was released the same day.
‘The complainant says that the defendant did not like the fact that he was in a relationship. She stated several times that his girlfriend had taken him away from her and that her behavior kept escalating.
“If he was out with his girlfriend, the defendant would know she was going to kill herself. One time she showed pictures of a kitchen knife on a step with the message: “I’m going to kill myself with this.” ‘
After this, her son contacted the police and an ambulance was sent to have her examined.
The son received constant text messages from his mother, including ‘I wish you were dead’, ‘I wish you were aborted’ and ‘I wish you were fired from your job’.
‘There were also threats of suicide, knowing what effect that would have on the complainant. He suffers from anxiety and depression. He said he was recently hospitalized, which he attributes to the stress of constant communication with the defendant.
“He has told her several times not to contact him and has blocked her number.”
On April 25, PC Randles was with his girlfriend when he received an SOS call stating that his mother was at her brother Ronald’s house.
Miss Simpson added: “When he got to the address in a car he saw his mother on the curb and she came up to him and said ‘Why are you here? Why is Lauren here? If I see Lauren I will kill her”.
‘The girlfriend tried to drive away and saw that the defendant was angry. The defendant then went to stand in front of the car, only for her son to grab her hand to get her out of the way.
She tried to resist him by kicking him in the leg and punching him in the face. He had no injuries, but he had to hold her to the ground. The defendant kept trying to kick him and he did.’
PC Randles then left his mother in the property, but she tried to force open the kitchen window and then the back door using a wire that had come loose from her bra.
Miss Simpson said: ‘In his victim’s personal statement, Simon Randles said the situation has been going on for so long that it has affected his mental health, affecting his normal daily life and work.
He said that if he doesn’t respond to his mother’s messages, she will ask other people to contact him with similar messages. Mrs. Randles did what she could to maximize her son’s fear and grief. The defendant used suicide threats to harass and emotionally abuse him.
‘She only used the photo of the knife to cause the complainant as much suffering as possible. Mr. Randles has asked for a one-term restraining order – simply that she not be allowed to contact him in any way.”
PC Randles has requested a restraining order stating that his mother (pictured leaving Warrington Magistrates’ Court) is “not allowed to contact him in any way”. Attorney Howard Jones said: ‘A restraining order will be like a bullet to her heart because that period will also include Christmas’
As a mitigating circumstance, attorney Howard Jones said it was a “very bad thing” and she had never had to go to court before.
“Mrs. Randles has been struggling with her son’s new relationship lately. He was a great support to his mother, but eventually he left the home address and she struggled with that.
“She clearly felt very isolated and would say that the new girlfriend was preventing him from walking around and helping with anything. She became increasingly isolated and depressed and drank.
“The catalyst for the criminal offenses in court seems to me to be something that could have been avoided. She had to download an app on her cell phone to keep track of her gas and electricity bills, and she didn’t know how to do it.
“She wanted her son to install the app, but he refused and as a result, it was agreed that her brother would handle this matter. “She waited outside her brother’s house, but he wouldn’t let her in.
Simon Randles then showed up with his girlfriend and the defendant said, ‘Okay, I’ll talk to the new girlfriend.’
“The girlfriend tried to drive away, but my client was in the front to prevent it. Simon Randles used a police check on his mother and she struggled a little and tried to get him off her.
“It was a very minor attack in my opinion. She didn’t want her son to come to court, so she pleaded guilty. She is very frustrated with the whole situation.
“This is an isolated elderly lady at home with no previous convictions in a frustrating position. She then sent a number of text messages that she later regretted.
“Perhaps it’s a shame that the police initially didn’t speak to Ms. Randles and warn her about the text messages before she got to the sentencing stage for this crime.”
He added: “A restraining order will be like a bullet to her heart because that period includes Christmas.”
Mr Jones also said his client had received a card from her son on her recent 57th birthday, adding: ‘He has also sent a letter apologizing, in effect saying that these events should never have happened. She wants to get back in a relationship with her son on a mother and son level.’
Randles sentencing JP Michael Danaher told her, “This is a particularly serious set of circumstances.”