Newcastle man avoids prison after being convicted of having sex with his own mother

A Newcastle man who had sex with his mother in “disgusting” offences has walked free from court.

He had been estranged from his mother as a child but after coming back to the North East he slept with her on a number of occasions when she was drunk. Newcastle Crown Court heard he was just 18 or 19 at the time of the offences.

The man, who cannot be named because his mother has lifelong anonymity as a victim of a sex offence, was cleared of raping his mother after a trial but pleaded guilty to two offences of having sexual intercourse with an adult relative.

Daniel Cordey, prosecuting, said the woman was drinking heavily at the time of the offences. He told the court: “In her words, he started to take advantage of her sexually.

“She would often binge drink and would be very drunk. Against that background, he was drinking as well. He had sex with her at least five times.”

The man, of Newcastle, was sentenced to a two-year community order with rehabilitation and told he must sign the sex offenders register for five years.

Recorder David Gordon told him people would be “disgusted at the thought of you having sex with your mother”. He added: “She had not raised you but that’s in no way to excuse your behaviour in this matter, which, as I say, will disgust many, but this is not a court of morals.”

The court heard the man was mentally unwell after his arrest and during the period made admissions about having sex with his mother. He was also in contact with his dad on Facebook and asked him not to be mad and indicated he’d had sex with his mother.

The judge added: “You stood trial in relation to matters of rape, much more serious offences and the jury acquitted you in relation to those two counts.

“You are remorseful, you are sorry for what you did. At the time you lacked maturity, you were only 18 years old.”

Christopher Knox, defending, said the defendant was brought up in “unhappy circumstances”, is vulnerable and added: “They weren’t mother and son in the conventional sense.”