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Watford man, Elliott Belsham, jailed for falsely imprisoning mother at home
A son imprisoned his own mum at their Watford home just a day after being released from a prison sentence for a similar offence.
It was only after police had forced their way into the property and arrested Elliott Belsham, that his mum Karen was able to get out of the house.
The rescue came after the police had been alerted by the defendant's sister who was concerned for her mother.
At St Albans Crown Court, 24-year-old Belsham pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning his mother on May 25 this year.
Nigel Ogborne prosecuting, told the court how the drama unfolded at the family home in Bramfield, Garston Lane, Watford.
That night his mother was at home and thought her son was "acting in a strange way" following her around and checking doors were locked.
At one point he was saying "spirits" were outside.
The court heard that in the past there had been concerns for Belsham's mental health and he had suffered psychotic effects from taking class A and class B drugs, which in turn put others at risk.
Mr Ogborne said his mother asked him if he had taken any drugs and he said he hadn't.
The prosecutor said late that night the defendant's sister Emily called at the house but couldn't get any answer.
In fact by then, Belsham wouldn't let his mother go to the door and was restraining her by holding her arms saying "I will not let them in. You can't go outside".
The court heard that Emily called the police who quickly arrived on the scene.
From outside the house officers could hear the mother in a distressed state and eventually smashed the door open to release her.
The court was told Belsham had only been released from a prison sentence the day before, which was imposed for assaulting his mum and holding a loaded crossbow up against her.
On that occasion he had also assaulted police officers.
Judge Andrew Bright QC hearing the case was told that in the past Belsham had assaulted a sister.
Passing sentence, the judge said: "You suffer psychotic effects from taking drugs. It turns you into someone whose mental state put others at risk."
He jailed Belsham for 12 months which means because of the time he has spent on remand he will be released from prison in about six weeks' time.
The judge heard that the probation service are now seeking to find approved hostel accommodation for Belsham for when he is released.
He made Belsham the subject of a restraining order which forbids him from going near his mother or his two sisters.
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