A man who tormented his mother to the point she suffered a mental breakdown has been jailed for more than a year.
James Campbell, 35, would make his 62-year-old mum clean up unfinished plates of food after chucking them on the floor, threaten to put bleach in her meals and urinate around the house during drunken rampages.
Truro Crown Court heard that on one occasion he urinated on her bed while she was still in it.
Campbell, from South Petherwin near Launceston, pleaded guilty to controlling or coercive behaviour in a family relationship and was jailed for 15 months. He was also made subject of a restraining order barring him from having any contact with his mother.
Prosecutor Hollie Gilbery said: ‘Over the years his behaviour at home caused a great deal of suffering. He would become drunk and urinate in inappropriate places like on his mother’s bed while she was in it.’
Alcoholic Campbell’s behaviour left his mum unable to sleep because he would constantly wake her up and she eventually suffered a breakdown.
The court heard he would say she was a murderer, call her a paedophile and suggest she had coronavirus.
Judge Simon Carr said Campbell’s conduct had been ‘truly appalling’, adding: ‘Your behaviour was intended to humiliate your mother, who was 62 and extremely vulnerable.
‘A report I have read shows you are still attempting to minimise what you did and you have shown a lack of motivation to change.’
Defending, Ramsay Quaife said Campbell’s spell in custody had given him ‘a taste of his own medicine’.