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Father is jailed for 10 months for stabbing son with a kitchen knife
8:00am Tuesday 4th March 2014 in News
A MAN who stabbed his son with a kitchen knife during a row over a television aerial has been jailed for 10 months.
Martin Morris, of Saunders Road, Oxford, pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm to his son William on November 21 last year.
James McLernon, prosecuting, said the 55-year-old pulled a kitchen knife on his son after the argument earlier in the day.
He said William was left with a cut to his shoulder and had to punch his father several times to disarm him.
Jennifer Edwards, defending, said her client had a history of crime, including robbery and GBH, but had not committed any violent offences since the 1980s.
She said: “He has not offended for a substantial period of time, which is an indication of his changed ways.
“Much of this argument was generated by taking drink – he has had an ongoing drink problem throughout his life.
“He and his son have not been in contact since last November.”
Judge Patrick Eccles described the cause of the fight as a “trifling domestic argument”.
He told Morris: “Your son was terrified – he was fearful you were going to kill him.
“So he punched you several times on the face to disarm you, which is not something any son would want to do to their father.
“Both victims and members of the public expect that those who attack others with knives should go to prison.”
He sentenced Morris to 10 months in prison and ordered him to pay a £100 victims’ surcharge.