Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

/ Dad Is Jailed for Stabbing Son in Drunken Attack

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

/ Dad Is Jailed for Stabbing Son in Drunken Attack

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Byline: Sara Nichol Reporter

A DRUNK dad stabbed his son and shouted 'you're going to die' when a confrontation turned violent. Homeless Patrick Sharkey armed himself with a knife and stormed round to his son Barry's House in Bensham, Gateshead, for a fight.

A court heard a mutual acquaintance of the pair had been 'stirring trouble' between them and they began to argue.

But the confrontation quickly turned violent and Sharkey lashed out with the knife, stabbing his son twice in the abdomen while shouting 'you're going to die.'.

Barry Sharkey managed to escape his father and lock himself in a room while the police were called and Sharkey was arrested.

Now, the 56-year-old, who has no fixed address and lives in a tent in Gateshead, has been jailed for 20 months after pleading guilty to one count of wounding without intent at Newcastle Crown Court.

He had initially been charged with attempted murder and the case was listed for trial until the prosecution accepted his guilty plea to the lesser charge.

Sentencing him, Judge Paul Sloan QC said: "There was high culpability here because a weapon was used. There were several aggravating circumstances. You were highly intoxicated at the time, the offence was committed at your son's home address - his own home, where he should be safe - others were present in the house during the course of the attack and, after the attack, you attempted to dispose of the knife when police officers attended the scene.

"Against that, I accept there was a high degree of provocation."

The court heard Barry Sharkey was taken to hospital after suffering two 1.5cm stab wounds to his abdomen, another type of wound to his abdomen, a small wound to his head and a bruised upper chest.

A CT scan revealed there was a possibility air had become trapped around the wounds and he was kept in a trauma unit overnight for treatment. …

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