A SON stole three rings from his mother's finger as she slept, then pawned them to make money.
David Collins, 28, was jailed for two years and five months by a judge who told him his actions were "very, very mean".
The same judge had previously praised the young man for trying to turn around his life after becoming addicted to alcohol.
It also emerged that on a separate occasion, Collins, of Unwin Road, Cheltenham, had spat in his mother's face, and had also beaten a man with a chair leg.
A court heard that he broke into his parents' house in Cheltenham on June 24 and prised the three rings from his mother's wedding ring finger while she slept.
Lisa Hennessy, prosecuting at Gloucester Crown Court, said Collins, who has a criminal record for committing previous burglaries, was banned from even going to his parents' house in Reddings Road by court injunction.
But that night, he waited until his mother Rena went to bed and broke into the house.
His father, Ralph, later heard a bump from the bedroom and went to investigate.
He found his son standing over the sleeping figure of his wife.
Collins opened his hand to reveal he was holding the three rings she wore.
Mrs Hennessy said Mr Collins then took the rings from his son and put them on the bedside table.
But the next morning they were gone and the family, guessing what Collins had done, went to the Gold Shop in Coronation Square, Cheltenham, and found he had sold them for £65.
They were able to retrieve the rings.
Ruth Armstrong, defending Collins, conceded that there had to be a jail term because her client was a "third strike" burglar with previous convictions which demand a minimum three-year sentence, less a discount for pleading guilty.
Jailing Collins for 876 days, Judge Jamie Tabor, QC, told him: "I am not going to lecture you.
"It is not going to help.
"What drove you to commit this offence I don't know. It was very, very mean, as you know. "But I am not going to rub it in. You have at least pleaded guilty, which I suspect was a difficult thing for you to do.
"I hope that while you are in prison you can sort yourself out and repair your relationships with your family."