A man high on drugs became a ‘psychotic stranger’ when he threatened his mum with a knife.

Callum Mason-Green was at home when he launched the attack on August 28 last year.

Southampton Crown Court heard how the 28-year-old’s longstanding drug addiction impacted the relationship with his parents.

Prosecuting, Francisca Da Costa read a statement from the defendant’s mother.

She said: “Callum was, to me, a psychotic stranger, on that night.

“My beloved son came at me with knives. It has been difficult dealing with his drug habit.

“My beautiful boy is in the grips of evil drugs. The lying, stealing and manipulation from Callum has had a detrimental effect on my mental health.”

Mitigating, Emily Lanham said: “The defendant has the support of his parents.

“He is an addict, and he struggles with that. I do feel Mr Mason-Green has fallen through the gaps.

“He needs that support in place. If he goes to prison, there will be no support there for him.”

Mason-Green, of Watkin Road, Hedge End, pleaded guilty to one count of threatening a person with an offensive weapon.

But Judge Peter Henry referred to the previous deferred sentence he provided to the defendant.

He said: “I have fallen over backwards myself to give him a chance. How can I trust him at all?

“What you did was a very unpleasant and frightening thing. Anyone who picks up a knife and threatens someone else with it will see a custodial sentence.

“The fact it was your mother makes it worse. She was in a safe space, in her own home.

“I have grave concerns about releasing you, but if you step out of line, you will be going to prison.”

He was handed a 16-month sentence, suspended for two years.