Dad says he has no choice but to 'wash his hands' of his drug user Talycopa son
A FATHER whose son has become paranoid through drug use has said he has no choice but to "wash his hands" of the 27-year-old.
Andrew Llewelyn, of Tegfan, Talycopa, thought police had installed CCTV cameras in his father's Llansamlet home and were monitoring his activities.
He then went on to cut wires to his father's fire and his boiler.
Prosecutor Linda Baker told city magistrates that between July and December his father, David Llewelyn, had made 14 calls to police about his son's "abusive and threatening" behaviour, including six calls in December alone.
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Mrs Baker said Llewelyn's nine-year drug habit and alcohol abuse had made him paranoid.
During the first incident on December 21, his father said Llewelyn was behaving "strangely" and after he explained there were no cameras in the house his son then punched and damaged two doors and two stair spindles.
Two days later his father returned home and found his son inside the house, despite him having earlier thrown him out.
He then admitted he had cut the wires in his property.
"When his father challenged him, he (Llewelyn) admitted he had cut them because he believed CCTV cameras were monitoring him," he said.
Llewelyn admitted two charges of criminal damage.
In a statement by him read to the court, Mr Llewelyn senior said: "He is my son and I love him but I can't cope with his unreasonable behaviour. I have no choice but to wash my hands of him. It's about time he stood up on his own two feet and provided for himself," he said.
Steve Burnell, representing Llewelyn, said: "I do have some sympathy for his father and the situation. He wants his son to get some help — as most parents would."
A report was prepared by probation officer Fred Matthews.
Llewelyn told Mr Matthews he had been taking amphetamines daily for three months and washing them down with lager.
"He now realises that the paranoia has reached a new level," said Mr Matthews.
Magistrates told Llewelyn he would have to complete a 12-month community order including 12 months' supervision as well as a nine-month alcohol treatment programme.
Llewelyn was ordered to pay £125 in compensation as well as a £60 victim surcharge.
Following the case, Ifor Glyn, chief executive of Swansea Drugs Project, said: "Amphetamines are probably one of the most well documented for psychosis. It is a stimulant, so people can start to hallucinate.
"We are here for people experiencing such problems. If someone has serious mental health problems, we can liaise with colleagues in the health service.
"Family and friends have to live with people taking drugs, and we have an informal group for carers every Thursday."