AN ELLESMERE Port man has appeared before a court accused of stealing cash from his mother.
Jeremy Preston, 27, denied robbery and assault when he appeared before West Cheshire Magistrates in Chester yesterday.
The court heard how Preston, of Stoke Lodge, Stoke Gardens, Ellesmere Port, is alleged to have forced £130 from his mother’s coat pocket, after threatening her in Chester. Lionel Cope, prosecuting, said the alleged incident happened after Preston’s mother, Jacqueline Preston-Wood, had met her son outside Chester rail station on December 19 at around 2pm.
In a statement, Mrs Preston-Wood claimed she had withdrawn £130 from a cash machine, some of which she had planned to give to her son.
She claimed that her son had been drinking from a sherry bottle when she arrived to meet him, and said he later became confrontational about money, demanding that she give him £200.
Mrs Preston-Wood also claimed that her son had previously been involved in drug use.
Reading from the statement Mr Cope told the court: “As we walked into Chester I started to have problems with Jeremy who started asking me for £200.”
Mrs Preston-Wood said the confrontation continued as the pair walked to her car, where she claims her son spat in her face before forcefully taking cash from her pocket. She claimed that her son also threatened to stab her husband if she did not hand over the money.
Meanwhile, Howard Jones, defending, said Preston denied any force had been used and no threats were used.
Mr Jones said Preston was committed to sorting out his drugs problem.
Magistrates bailed Preston and his case was committed to Chester Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing on May 13.