A TEENAGER who stole property including a valuable Les Paul Gibson guitar from his blind father to pay off drug debts has been given a suspended sentence.
Judge Robert Bartfield heard the teenager’s father Douglas Jones, 55, was dependent on his son’s care particularly at night.
Mr Jones, who has a prosthetic leg, accompanied his son Ricky to Bradford Crown Court yesterday and explained the 19-year-old carried out chores such as cleaning and laundry.
The teenager is the registered carer for his father and although Mr Jones does get home help and visits from a nurse he said he would probably have to go into a home if his son was locked up for the theft.
Jones, of Halifax Road, Hipperholme, stole the guitar, worth £2,500, plus a laptop and a television.
His brother noticed the items missing in September.
Mr Jones confirmed that all the property had been recovered.
He said his son assisted him during the night whenever he suffered problems due to his diabetes.
“What happens if he is not there?” asked Judge Bartfield.
“I’d probably be dead,” replied Mr Jones.
The judge said he took account of the fact that the property was stolen at a time when Jones was in a state of desperation over cannabis debts.
Jones was sentenced to four months in jail, suspended for a year.
The teenager will also be subject to supervision by the probation service for the next 12 months.