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Addict son has made my life hell, sobs mum; Offender locked up after committing 109th crime.

Byline: HANNAH JENNINGS-PERRY

THE desperate mother of a drug addict who appeared in court for his 109th crime has told how his serial offending has "made her life hell".

Patsy McDermott spoke out before her son Tyrone was jailed for 46 weeks for breaching his Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order (CRASBO) and assaulting a police officer.

Tyrone's previous offences include him snatching a sat-nav from an ambulance on a call to a seriously ill child on Christmas Eve at Hall Green Health Centre, Birmingham and stealing Poppy Appeal tins from Dorridge and Henley-in-Arden.

Patsy said: "My life is hell. I live in a little cul-de-sac. No-one will talk to me.

Amends "Who can I pick up the phone and talk to about this? No-one. I can't move.

"It's going to kill me. I love him...." Patsy said she has tried to make amends for her son's crimes by making a donation to the Royal British Legion to cover his theft of charity boxes last November.

Tyrone, 32, has been addicted to drugs since he was 16 years old.

Patsy said he had not been offered a proper chance of clearing his addiction through rehab.

And she defended Tyrone in face of the public outcry against him following the thefts.

"What he did was atrocious," she said. "But he hasn't murdered anyone, he's not a paedophile, not a rapist, not a terrorist."

"Sixteen years of drug addiction and no chance of rehab. It's all been to pay the drug dealers. They should be shot as far as I'm concerned.

"He's never been given a chance."

Tyrone McDermott, of Berrington Road, Birmingham, admitted breaching his CRASBO, which had barred him from shops in Solihull town centre at Soihull Magistrates' Court. He also pleaded guilty to assault with intent to resist arrest on the same occasion when he dislocated PC John Whelan's finger in the struggle.

Magistrates jailed him for a total of 46 weeks, 20 for breaching a suspended sentence and 26 for the fresh offences. Chair of the Bench, Michael Gold, told Tyrone: "If I said your record was one of the worst I've ever seen, I'd be understating the matter, it's abysmal."

Solihull magistrates had jailed him for 32 weeks in February after he admitted stealing the Royal British Legion poppy tins.

PC Paul Dempsey saw him carry out the crime on CCTV footage from the Thresher Wine, Co-op and One stop stores.

He said at the time: "The amount of money stolen ins relatively small but, as the magistrates emphasised, it is the despicable nature of knowingly depriving a much-loved charity of funds that led him to impose a jail sentence."

In August 2010 Tyrone was jailed for 18 months when he failed to comply with the terms of a community order he was given for stealing a satnav device from an ambulance. Police tracked him because the equipment had Global Positioning Satellite Tracking, and arrested him at Digbeth Market.

At first Tyrone had given a sentence of 12 months imprisonment, suspended for a year, and a drug rehabilitation requirement order, for the offence after he admitted charges of theft and assault with intent to resist arrest.

But several people spoke out against the sentence, complaining that it was too lenient.

And Tyrone went on to steal razor blades, confectionary and attempted to steal a cash box from a hotel.

Jailing him at Birmingham Crown Court Judge Philip Parker QC said at the time: "I have read the reports, it is plain your life style is utterly chaotic. You cannot shake off your addiction to Class A drugs."

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