A 37-YEAR-OLD man turned up at his elderly mum's house banging on her window despite being subject to a non-molestation order.

Blackburn magistrates heard the visit by Darren Alfred Atkin had left his mum scared to open her curtains or go out in case she bumped into him.

Atkin, of Edgeside Lane, Waterfoot, was convicted after trial of breaching a non-molestation order.

He was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £115 victim surcharge. He was made subject to a restraining order for two years.

Passing sentence the chairman of the magistrates said Atkin had put his mother in fear and caused her sleepless nights.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said at the trial Atkin said his mum was probably lying in order to get him arrested.

"She says that since this incident she has been keeping her curtains closed all the time in case he comes knocking on her window," said Mrs Yates. "She is scared of meeting him on the street if she goes out."

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said it was a sad scenario involving mother and son.

"He doesn't want to alarm his mum or cause her any distress and there is no suggestion he was threatening," said Mr Taylor. "He just wanted to talk to his mum."