Our expert says:
Its sad when the bureaucracy that looks after itself so very well, fails to help those who need help, when they actually need it. There is nothing wrong with you for finding this a very upsetting experience. Stealing will not be taken lightly, but this sounds like an unusually severe reaction to minor shoplifting in a family with such serious financial problems, and a first offense. And more senior people accued of far more massive crimes, remain "suspended" for years on full pay, while able to delay any resolution of their cases. Can you arrange to see a social worker or probation officer, so the court, when this gets to court, can understand the circumstances ? Of course you still love him, and he loves you. He didn't steal luxuries, only things he presumably felt the family needed and which he wasnt able to buy for you. Do not be ashamed of your love for him, and feel proud of your love for each other. What other resources might you be able to call on, within the larger family and relatives of you and him ?
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