A MUM was terrified of her drug-using son who continued to pester her for money to fund his habit despite being subject to two orders.

Blackburn magistrates heard James Andrew French turned up at his mum’s Accrington home demanding money to buy “sniff.”

And on another occasion he phoned her demanding money for drugs.

French, 31, of High Street, Rishton, pleaded guilty to breaching a non-molestation order and breach of a restraining order. He was committed in custody to Burnley Crown Court to be sentenced on July 13.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said the two orders were both in place to protect Andrea French, who said she had had a strained relationship with her son since he started smoking cannabis aged 12.

“She knows he uses crack cocaine and says he becomes a different person when he is on drugs,” said Mrs Yates. “She feels he tortures her.”

Mrs Yates said on June 4 French turned up at his mother’s home demanding money.

“She knew he was on drugs because she couldn’t tell exactly what he was saying,” said Mrs Yates. “She gave him £20 hoping he would go away, which he did.”

Two days later French rang his mum asking for drugs and she called the police.

“His behaviour seems to be escalating and his drug use is getting worse,” said Mrs Yates.

Ian Huggan, defending, said his client had mental health problems and had struggled more than most with the current situation.