Brothers smash mother's house

TWO brothers put into foster care by their mother returned 30 years later and smashed up her house and cars.Years of rage fuelled Darren Cook to trash his mother's Ipswich home while his brother, John, wrecked two cars outside.

TWO brothers put into foster care by their mother returned 30 years later and smashed up her house and cars.

Years of rage fuelled Darren Cook to trash his mother's Ipswich home while his brother, John, wrecked two cars outside.

Darren then went on a rampage in the surrounding streets, smashing up the cars of 11 strangers.

Put into care 30 years before, Darren had recently tried to rekindle his relationship with his mother Margaret Grant.


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But relations deteriorated between the two and when Darren tried to sever ties with him she told him she felt "nothing for him".

This prompted his uncontrollable rage which led to a wrecking spree causing £14,000 damage.

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Darren, 32, smashed windows, doors and ornaments at the Packard Avenue address while his brother John trashed two cars outside the property.

Throughout the ordeal their terrified mother hid in a bedroom only emerging when it was clear the wrecking spree was over.

Greg Perrins, prosecuting at Ipswich Crown Court, said: "When she came down she saw blood and glass everywhere. Everything was smashed up and a lot of the furniture was overturned."

Darren caused £12,000 damage to his mother's home. He broke the door of the washing machine, glass on the cooker and the microwave.

Meanwhile his brother John, 33, wrecked two cars outside the home belonging to Mrs Grant's partner and another of her sons.

Darren's rage then extended onto the street, where he inflicted criminal damage on 11 cars in Nacton Road, Nansen Road, Hilton Road, Gorse Road and Lindbergh Road causing another £2,000 damage.

The ruckus followed a dispute between Darren and Mrs Grant.

The brothers had been brought up in foster care after their mother left them as toddlers, taking their sister with her.

Both had become involved in crime and committed a string of theft and deception offences to fund heroin habits.

When Darren was released from prison last year Pamela Giles, his estranged sister, attempted to organise a reunion.

Darren had not seen his mother for 30-years and moved to his sister's home hoping to become better acquainted with his family.

But Marc Cannatella, mitigating on behalf of Darren, said the reunion had not been successful.

He said: "He discovered thing were not as rosy between his sister and mother as made out by her (Mrs Giles). He felt he was being used by his sister to make some difficulties for his mother.

"He lived with his sister and managed to find himself a job and the relationship with his mother initially appeared to be going well until problems developed with his sister getting involved and causing problems. He felt caught between the two and attempted to leave the area."

Darren moved to his old address in Kent where he was reunited with his brother John.

Mr Cannatella said the meeting was a coincidence but that the two brothers decided to remain together to help each other stay off heroin.

They later returned to Ipswich and again attempted to rekindle the relationship with their mother but feuding between the family continued.

Mr Cannatella said Darren had been forced into counselling because of the stress and was also prescribed valium.

On January 15, 2005 Darren decided to sever ties with his mother and sister and told his Mrs Giles he was moving out.

He then visited his mother to explain the situation whereupon a dispute erupted.

"She told him she no longer wanted him in her life, she felt nothing for him.

"He accepts he lost control and went back into the house and caused damage," Mr Canatella added.

Darren, of no fixed abode, admitted to an offence of causing criminal damage and was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Further offences of criminal damage to 11 cars were also taken into consideration.

John, also of no fixed abode, was sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to the criminal damage of two vehicles in Packard Avenue. He caused £2,000 damage.

He also admitted criminal damage to Mrs Giles' home where the brothers had returned to collect Darren's clothes.

Addressing Darren, Judge Peter Thompson said: "You smashed up your mother's house. It was left in a wrecked state. You allowed yourself to be governed by a rage which was plainly uncontrollable and it didn't just extend to smashing up your mother's house, you went out to the street and took it out on 11 vehicles owned by innocent people.

"You're mother was plainly distressed by the way you attacked her house and it is absolutely no excuse, in my judgement, to say you had a very difficult relationship with her."

Judge Thompson said the time the brothers had spent on remand would be reduced from their sentences and John was likely to be released if not immediately then very soon.

Mr Grant was too distressed to speak to The Evening Star.

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