THE adopted son of Helen and Douglas House founder Sister Frances Dominica was told not to contact his mother for two years after assaulting and harassing her.

Kojo Ritchie, of St Mary’s Road, East Oxford, was given a community order at Oxford Magistrates Court yesterday after being sentenced for the offences, which took place outside Sister Frances’ home on August 13.

The court heard how Ritchie, 29, threw “sticky liquid” at his mother and called her on the phone more than 100 times demanding money from her.

Prosecuting John McCartney said Sister Frances, who is in her early 70s, was outside her home with a friend at the time the liquid was thrown at her, but said she came to no harm.

He said Ritchie verbally abused his adopted mother during some of the phone calls.

Defending, Catherine Scammell said Ritchie “absolutely” accepted there needed to be some “distance between him and his mother”.

She added: “He says it was not deliberate, he was hanging out the window with a cup of water in his hand and water spilt over her.

“In terms of these calls, he accepts it was excessive.

“He suffers from mental health issues and, at the time, he had not been taking his medication, and it plays havoc on his emotions.

“He has expressed his remorse to me. He said ‘I love my mother to bits’. He does love her. He is aware his behaviour toward her is unacceptable.”

Ms Scammell insisted Ritchie was sorry for what had happened and that he was motivated to address his issues.

Leading magistrate Priscilla Greenall handed Ritchie a two-year community order, 30-day rehabilitation requirement, 12-month residency requirement and an accredited requirement for 30 days, to run concurrently.

Ms Greenall also put a restraining order in place for Ritchie not to contact Sister Frances directly or indirectly for two years.

Ritchie, who was born in Ghana, was taken to the dock by two security guards in handcuffs yesterday afternoon. When passing the sentence, Ms Greenall said the harassment charge was the “more serious” of the two crimes.

Helen and Douglas House provides hospice and palliative care to children and young adults in Oxfordshire.

Last year, the Oxford Mail reported how he was jailed for 12 months after an “angry rampage”. Ritchie admitted four counts of criminal damage in Chatham Road, South Oxford, and one count of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place on May 29, 2015.

As part of Ritchie’s restraining order, he must not contact his mother or visit St Mary’s Road or All Saints Convent.

He pleaded guilty at the earliest possible stage on August 15 to the charges of assaulting by beating and harassment without violence.