Peter - but you are now in the real world with us 'civvies'. A committed christian he ain't - theft. And convicted criminal. Tough.
However HE has been punished for HIS actions. Why punish his mother and 8 year old sister? I'm assuming they will become intentionally homeless if the court rules in the council's favour. Personally I can't see the court awarding a possession order given the circumstances. They'll probably suspend it - a good solicitor will sort that out.