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'I wish you were aborted': Jealous mum with 'empty nest’ syndrome punches son who left home to be with GF

The empty-nester mother Pauline Randles also threatened suicide if her son Simon did not attend to her needs
Pauline Randles harassed her son, PC Simon Randles, and his girlfriend Lauren Stocker (Facebook/ Pauline Randles and Si Randle)
Pauline Randles harassed her son, PC Simon Randles, and his girlfriend Lauren Stocker (Facebook/ Pauline Randles and Si Randle)

CHESHIRE, ENGLAND: A mother has been awarded a 12-month community order and banned from seeing her son for 18 months after it was found she violently attacked and harassed him for being in a relationship. As per reports, Pauline Randles, who apparently has "empty nest syndrome", began her nasty actions after her son, PC Simon Randles, who is in his 30s, began living with his girlfriend – Lauren Stocker.

It has been said that the 57-year-old woman hit Simon, who works as a British Transport Police constable, in the leg and punched him in the face, and also held Stocker responsible for “taking him away from her.” Besides, she sent disturbing text messages to the man that read, “I wish you were aborted - I wish you were sacked from your job.”


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After being reported to law enforcement officials and being charged, Pauline pled guilty to criminal damage, harassment, and assault charges at Warrington Magistrates' Court. She was asked to pay $138 (£120) in fine as well as given a 12-month community order. She was also ordered not to meet her son for a year and a half.

Prosecutor Ashleigh Simpson said, as reported by The Daily Mail, “The defendant started threatening him that she would take an overdose if he didn't attend to her needs immediately. She did take some tablets and was taken to hospital for checks but was released the same day. The complainant says that the defendant did not like the fact that he was in a relationship. She stated numerous times that his girlfriend had taken him away from her and her behavior was escalating all the time.”


Simpson explained, “When he was out with his girlfriend, the defendant would make out she was going to kill herself. On one occasion she showed pictures of a kitchen knife on a step with a message saying: ‘I will kill myself with this.’ The son was constantly receiving text messages from his mother, which included: 'I wish you were dead', 'I wish you were aborted', and 'I wish you were sacked from your job'.”

“There were also threats of suicide knowing the effect it would have on the complainant. He suffers from anxiety and depression. He said he had been recently admitted to hospital which he attributes to stress from the constant communication with the defendant. He told her not to contact him numerous times and blocked her number,” the prosecutor noted.

She said that the woman even went to the house of Stocker's brother, Ronald, and when Simon arrived to solve the matter, she created a scene there as well. “As he arrived at the address in a car, he saw his mother on the kerb and she came over to him, saying ‘Why are you here? Why is Lauren here? If I see Lauren I will kill her’. The girlfriend tried to drive off and could see that the defendant was angry. The defendant then stood out in front of the car only for her son to take her hand to get her out of the way. She attempted to resist him by kicking him in the leg and punching him in the face. He had no injuries but he had to restrain her on the ground. The defendant continued to attempt to kick him as he did this," Simpson claimed.

“Mrs Randles was doing whatever she could to maximise fear and distress in her son. The defendant used threats of suicide to harass and emotionally abuse him. Mr Randles has requested a restraining order with one term - simply that she should not contact him by any means whatsoever,” she added.

Defense lawyer Howard Jones supported his client in mitigation, by saying, “Mrs Randles has been struggling in the recent period with her son's new relationship. He was a big support for his mother but he ultimately left the home address and she had difficulty coming to terms with that. She obviously felt very isolated and would say that the new girlfriend was preventing him going around and helping with anything. She was getting more isolated and depressed and was drinking.”

“The catalyst for the offences before the court appears to me to be something that could have been avoided. She needed to have an app downloaded on her mobile phone to help her track her utility bills for the gas and electricity and she did not know how to do that. She wanted her son to install the app but he refused to do that and the result is that it was agreed that her brother would deal with this particular matter. She waited outside her brother's home but he would not let her in.

Simon Randles then turned up with his girlfriend and the defendant said, ‘right I will speak to the new girlfriend’. The girlfriend tried to drive away but my client stood in front trying to prevent that happening. Simon Randles used a police restraint on his mother and she did struggle a bit and was trying to get him off her. It was a very minor assault in my opinion. She didn't want her son to come to court so she pleaded guilty. She is very frustrated by the whole situation.”

Jones added, “This is an isolated elderly lady at home with no previous convictions in a frustrating position. She has then sent some text messages which she has regretted thereafter. It is perhaps unfortunate that police had not spoken to Mrs Randles originally and given her a warning about the text messages before coming to the stage of being convicted of this offence. A restraining order will be like a bullet to her heart, because that period will include Christmas.”