A son accused of murdering his parents broke down in the witness box as he described his “loving” relationship with them.
Martin Ruddy wiped away tears as he talked about his mum Carol, 54, and dad Eric, 64, who he is accused of killing.
Prosecutors claim the 29-year-old bludgeoned his dad and strangled his mum in an attack at their home in Elswick, Newcastle, last December then staged a burglary to cover his tracks.
Ruddy, who had been living in South Shields, denies murder and is being tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.
On the first day of giving evidence in his case, Ruddy was visibly upset as he described his relationship with his mum and dad.
Talking through tears, the married dad said: “Like any parent/child relationship, it was loving caring, go out of the way to do things for each other.”
Ruddy said his mum was a “lovely woman” who worked at Newcastle University until a stroke left her with serious health problems.
He said his father took early redundancy from his job as a bin man to look after her.
Ruddy told jurors his parents, who he would greet with a hug during visits, got great joy from their grandchildren.
The court heard Ruddy stood to inherit almost £90,000 in the event of his parents’ deaths but denied knowing any detail about their finances.
He admitted having financial problems of his own but told jurors he had a plan to become bankrupt in a bid to get back on track.
Ruddy will be questioned about what happened on the evening of his parents’ deaths when the trial resumes tomorrow.
He told detectives during interview the family had come under attack by intruders.
He denies two charges of murder.
The trial continues.