A MOTHER terrorised by her son for 15 months wants to try and rebuild their relationship.

Danny Birks has been given a restraining order for threatening his mother Tracey while they lived together in Netley View Estate, Hythe.

But in a victim statement read out in court before Birks was sentenced, Mrs Birks said she did not want a restraining order on her son as she “wants him to be able to contact me in the future”.

Last month, Birks was found guilty of engaging in coercive behaviour by controlling and humiliating his mother.

Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard Mrs Birks feared for her safety after her son moved back in and made constant demands for money and tobacco.

Prosecuting, Natalie Angel said Birks would constantly call and text his mother, using “disgusting language”.

She told the court that Mrs Birks had racked up between £3,000 and £4,000 worth of debt since her son had moved back into the house after splitting with a partner.

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Quoting extracts from a victim impact statement written by Mrs Birks, Miss Angel added: “I got extremely depressed. The abuse was never physical but caused me a great deal of mental abuse.

“I had to give in. If I didn’t he would damage my property. He intimidated me by calling me horrible names, belittling me and trying to make me feel stupid.”

Mitigating, David Adams said his client’s life had “gone in a downward spiral”, including losing his job at New Forest District Council.

Sentencing, District Judge Lorraine Morgan said it was an “enormously difficult and a distressing period” for Mrs Birks.

However, Judge Morgan believed a restraining order would allow Mrs Birks to “feel safe once again in her home” and that a relationship would be able to rebuild from there.

Birks was sentenced to a 18-month community order and ordered to pay £620 costs. A restraining order means he cannot visit his mother’s property, but he can contact her.