By Katie Weston For Mailonline
Published: 13:25 GMT, 8 January 2020 | Updated: 14:00 GMT, 8 January 2020
Nicholas Hazell, 27, was jailed for three years after bullying his mother and step-father
A son who viciously bullied his mother and step-father has been jailed for three years in a rare use of the law preventing controlling and coercive behaviour.
Nicholas Hazell, 27, brought a 'horrendous' atmosphere to the family home after moving in when he lost his job.
Hazell pestered his mother for money and flew into a petulant rage if he didn't get his own way, Durham Crown Court heard.
It is an unusual use of the law designed to prevent controlling and coercive behaviour, which was legislated in October 2018 and is most often used to protect women from controlling partners.
The court heard that for a short time he was thrown out of the home, sleeping in his mother's car, but was allowed back after bombarding her with threatening messages.
In his worst outbursts Hazell threw his mother into a chair and repeatedly spat at her while he held a screw driver to the throat of his step-father, said prosecutor Nick Adlington.
He also whipped his step-father about the head, put him in a headlock and poured a bottle of beer over him, telling him: 'I am a