Raging mum suffering from ‘empty nest’ syndrome punched her cop son in the face after he moved in with his girlfriend | The Sun

A RAGING mum attacked her cop son after suffering from "empty nest syndrome" when he moved in with his girlfriend.

Pauline Randles, 57, began a six-month campaign of harassment against PC Simon Randles when he left the family home in Neston, Cheshire.


The mum punched her son, aged in his 30s, in the face, kicked him in the leg and accused his partner Lauren Stocker of "taking him away from her".

On one occasion, she threatened Lauren, telling Simon: "If I see Lauren I will kill her".

Randles also bombarded her son with abusive messages where she said she wished he'd been "aborted".

The mum"emotionally abused" Simon – telling him she would take her own life if he did not come to her "immediately" and sending photos of a kitchen knife.

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Randles has now been slapped with an 18-month restraining orderthat will block her from seeing her son at Christmas.

She was also fined £120 and ordered to complete a 12-month community order after admitting two charges of criminal damage, harassment, and assault.

Simon told Warrington Magistrates' Court he was admitted to hospital for stress and now suffers from anxiety and depression.

The court was told the mother and son previously had a good relationship but it soured when he moved in with Lauren.

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Randles began a six-month reign of terror against the newly-qualified police officer and began threatening him with suicide if he didn't attend to her needs.

She regularly text him saying "I wish you were sacked from your job" and "I wish you were dead".

On April 25, he received an SOS call from Randles' brother Ronald saying she was at his home so he drove there with Lauren.

Once he arrived, Randles flew into a rage, shouting: "Why are you here? Why is Lauren here? If I see Lauren I will kill her".

Lauren attempted to drive away but Randles stood in front of her car and began kicking and punching Simon when he attempted to move her.

Even when he restrained her on the ground, the mum continued attempting to boot him.

Prosecutor Ashleigh Simpson said: "In his victim personal statement Simon Randles said that the situation has been going on for so long that it has affected his mental health, impacting on his normal day to day living and his job.

"He said that if he doesn't respond to his mother's messages she will ask some other people to contact him with messages of a similar nature.

"Mrs Randles was doing whatever she could to maximise fear and distress in her son. The defendant used threats of suicide to harass and emotionally abuse him.

"She used the picture of the knife for no other reason than to maximise the distress to the complainant. Mr Randles has requested a restraining order with one term – simply that she should not contact him by any means whatsoever."

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In mitigation, defence lawyer Howard Jones said Randles "felt very isolated" and had "difficulty" coming to terms with her son leaving.

Sentencing, JP Michael Danaher told Randles: “This is a particularly serious set of circumstances.”



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