Son tried to slash his father’s throat

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A son repeatedly slashed at his father’s throat with a large carving knife after going to visit him.

Sean Smith’s father had one of his fingers cut to the bone during the vicious attack.

Afterwards Smith asked police if his dad was dead, then said: “I hope he dies. If he doesn’t I’ll come and finish him off. I’ll kill him”

Smith, a 42-year-old chef, of Ousby Road, Morecambe, pleaded guilty to assaulting his father, Barry, causing him actual bodily harm.

He was refused bail and remanded in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on August 1 for sentence by District Judge Pamela Baldwin sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard Smith visited his father at his home in Bristol Avenue, Bispham, Blackpool, and they went out for drinks on July 1. They returned at 7.30pm and Smith’s sister heard a disturbance.

Prosecutor, Peter Bardsley, said: “She saw the defendant stood over his father, who was in a chair. Smith had a large knife in his hand and was going from left to right with it across his father’s throat.”

On the way to the police station Smith asked if his father was dead and talked about returning to finish him off.

Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, told the judge Smith said his father had abused him and his late brother from the age of five to six and the domestic violence prompted his mother to leave.

On the day of the attack Smith said all his feelings came flooding out. Smith, a father-of-two, was under stress because he recently separated from his wife. He denied trying to cut his father’s throat.

Mrs Jamieson-Sinclair added: “He says he has no intention of ever having any contact with his father again.”