Fans of EastEnders know Laila Morse best as Big Mo Harris, who’s never shy when it comes to a bit of law breaking now and again…
However, unfortunately for her, that ethos of ‘Catch me if you can’ has extended into her real life, as her son, 43 year old Gerry Bromfield, has been jailed after stealing her car and driving it while under the influence of booze and drugs.
The Daily Mirror reports that Gerry took Laila’s Audi Q7 without permission, and in a bid to avoid being caught by police, he drove off at speed after the police tried to pull him over, crashing into two other vehicles.
Gerry reportedly then left the scene of the accident on foot, but later handed himself in to police.
The paper states that he told officers, “I was driving. I nicked my mum’s car and I crashed into the other cars…
“I wanted to kill myself.”
Gerry, who’s apparently battled addictions to drug and booze for many years, already had three prior convictions for driving offences, and when he took Laila’s car, he was in fact banned from driving.
The judge who presided over the case told Gerry, “You took your mother’s car and had no regard for the fact there were two other people in it.
“You were four times the limit. You are lucky no one was seriously injured.”
By way of mitigation, Bromfield told the court, “I’m not as bad as I used to be. At one time I spent £300 a day on heroin and was thieving all the time.”
And his barrister, Abdul Kapadia, added, “He has a good family background. He wants to turn his life around but alcohol and drugs are a problem.”
Laila’s brother is Hollywood A-lister Gary Oldman, and it’s understood he’s been working with Laila to try to get Gerry rehabilitated and off drugs.
However, Gerry was sentenced to serve was eight months in prison and was disqualified from driving for a further four years after he pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, driving without a licence or insurance and failing to stop after an accident.