Chester pensioner's knife and hammer attack on son


David Powell

A FATHER attacked his sleeping son with a hammer and knife, then went downstairs to continue watching television.

John Henry Pheysey, 75, of Brook Lane, Chester, was jailed yesterday after assaulting his 46-year-old son David Pheysey, a victim of attention disorder ADHD at the family home in May.

He had snapped under the stress of caring for his wife, who has Alzheimer’s.

Chester Crown Court heard Pheysey, who admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent in October, went into the victim’s bedroom on the evening of May 21 with a hammer wrapped in a plastic bag and a kitchen knife and struck his son.

Prosecutor Meirion Lewis-Jones said Pheysey had shouted: “I’m sorry” while he struck his son around the head before using a knife to stab the victim repeatedly while he lay in his bed.

Mr Lewis-Jones then told how Pheysey walked downstairs to the living room and resumed watching television.

He then walked out into the street when confronted by the victim, who followed him outside, where witnesses heard the pair argue and the victim shout at his father: “Why. Why have you done this to me Dad.”

The court also heard that Pheysey, when arrested by police, said: “I’ve tried to kill my son. I wish I had,” before adding “Is he dead, I was hoping he would be. He’s wrecked so many lives.”

Richard Thompson, defending, told the court how his client had been under immense pressure and stress from looking after his wife, who is now in a care home.

Mr Thompson said: “This is a tragic and extreme case. My client has never been in any kind of trouble before and has suffered a breakdown and just snapped, which has led to him committing this attack.

“He acknowledges what he has done and deeply regrets the actions that he took.”

The Recorder of Chester, Judge Elgan Edwards, said: “This is a tragic case for you and for your family. I’m sure you didn’t really mean to act like that, but you did.”

“While I take into consideration your difficult situation that you found yourself in, I would not be performing my duty if I was unduly lenient in sentencing you.”

Judge Edwards sentenced Pheysey to three years in prison.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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