Man who bit his grandparents avoids jail

Preston Crown Court
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A man who stole from, bit and threatened his grandfather with a knife has walked free from court.

Ryan Crabtree, 22, turned on his elderly grandfather when pensioner confronted him about stealing £60 of his savings from under his pillow, Preston Crown Court was told.

In a separate incident, Crabtree, who has a history of targeting his elderly relatives, bit his 79-year-old grandmother, who suffers dementia, on the shoulder and defrauded her by taking her bank card and splashing out on hundreds of pounds of electrical goods.

At the time he had a restraining order banning him visiting the pensioner.

The details were revealed during his sentencing at Preston Crown Court in which he admitted affray, two assaults, theft, fraud and breaching a restraining order.

Judge Recorder James Adkin suspended his 22 month jail sentence for two years after the court was told he suffered two mental health disorders.

He said: “You are a young man with frankly an appalling record of committing offences against relatives who hold affection for you, particularly elderly grandparents.

“They include threats to kill, harassment and battery and abusive behaviour.”

He added: “Your grandfather had acquired some cash and hidden it under his pillow. On November 29 you left the house and he realised he was missing £60. You used it to buy drink. You returned home to the house expecting a roof over your head.”

The court heard his grandfather had slapped his face as he confronted him. Crabtree tried to punch him, then bit him and threatened him with a steak knife. The pensioner fled his house and when police arrived they found Crabtree, of Euston Road, Morecambe, sitting on the kitchen floor.

Officers had to threaten to use a Taser to subdue him.

Recorder Adkin added: “You have pleaded guilty to all these offences and most people would think it apt if you were sent straight to prison.”

But he added a number of features, including his personality disorder, could allow him to be “merciful” so that his issues could be addressed in another way.