South Shields man guilty of frenzied knife attack on his 80-year-old father

BRUTAL ATTACK ... the Blakey family home in Hylton Avenue, South Shields, where the stabbing took place.

BRUTAL ATTACK ... the Blakey family home in Hylton Avenue, South Shields, where the stabbing took place.

A SON who launched a “frenzied” knife attack on his elderly father has been detained in hospital indefinitely.

William Blakey, 80, who was recovering from cancer, suffered serious injuries to his head, neck, face, thigh, knee and foot at the hands of his son Paul Blakey at their family home last August.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 49-year-old son, who was in a delusional state, flew into a psychotic rage because he believed his father had been plotting to murder him.

Mr Blakey needed emergency surgery to injuries, including deep slashes to his neck, and may never fully recover from the effects of what happened.

Jolyon Perks, prosecuting, told the court Blakey, who had been acting in an “unpredictable” manner, had flipped at a comment his mother Joan made about a news programme they were watching at their home in Hylton Avenue, South Shields. He went to the kitchen and picked up a knife with an eight-inch blade and initially tried to attack his mum and brother Steven, who barricaded themselves into a room.

Mr Perks said: “The defendant then turned and ran upstairs in the direction of where his father was.

“He was pursued closely behind by his brother, who anticipated the attack was about to be visited on the father.

“William Blakey was making his way back from the bathroom as this defendant approached him.

“The first blow rained down on him was aimed at his eye. It caught the side of his head.”

The court heard as Mr Blakey tried to retreat to the safety of his bedroom, his son stabbed him in the thigh then launched repeated knife blows to his neck and upper body after pushing him on the bed.

Mr Perks added: “It was what is best described as a frenzied attack”.

The court heard as Steven Blakey tried to detain his brother, their father made his way outside, where the terrifying attack continued.

Mr Perks said: “The defendant, still armed with the knife, followed him out of the house and it appeared pinned him up against a wall.

“He was punching him with one hand and delivering blows with the knife onto his father with the other hand.”

Mr Blakey suffered significant blood loss and needed a transfusion at hospital, where he stayed for over a week.

Blakey was arrested and said he believed his father had been plotting his murder for many years.

The court heard despite Mr Blakey’s initial anger at what happened to him, he went on to feel sorry for his son and express the desire he receives the professional help he needs. Blakey, who has a history of mental health problems, was initially charged with attempted murder but prosecutors yesterday accepted his guilty plea to the charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Judge James Goss QC said Blakey will be detained in hospital, where he will receive treatment, indefinitely.

The judge said the attack could have been fatal and added: “For the protection of the public from serious harm he is also subjected to a restriction order where he will not be released from hospital unless and until a tribunal is satisfied his condition is such that it is safe for him to be released.

“On any view, the incident in which he attacked and persisted in the attack on his father, who was a vulnerable victim, with a knife, was a grave crime.”

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