South Yorkshire son jailed for savage attack on violent father

Convicted - Samuel Stephenson
Convicted - Samuel Stephenson
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A SON left his disabled dad scarred for life after years of physical abuse at his father’s hands boiled over into a horrific attack, a court heard.

Samuel Stephenson, 25, claimed his drug-addicted dad Paul had electrocuted him, tried to shoot him, paid yobs to beat him up and attempted to run him over.

The final straw came when his dad tried to get him to take the rap for storing guns at the home they shared in Stocksbridge and threatened to shoot Samuel’s dog.

Sheffield Crown Court heard he launched a ferocious attack on his dad biting him all over his face, ears and body.

Before the assault, drunken Samuel shouted: “You know what you have done.”

Both men sobbed as Samuel’s younger brother Joshua, 21, gave evidence in support of his brother recounting their father’s violence towards them.

“He did a lot of nasty things,” said Joshua. “My dad was a proper bastard.”

Brian Outhwaite, prosecuting, said Mr Stephenson, who is in his 40s, had a serious heart condition and was registered disabled.

He said Samuel beat him about the head, face ears and body and ‘jumped and stamped on him several times’ before hitting him with a chair.

“It was sustained and it was vicious. His father believed he was trying to kill him.”

As he rained down blows Samuel told his father: “I’m going to kill you.”

In a victim impact statement Mr Stephenson said he thought he was going to die and was left disfigured and self-conscious about his appearance.

His son was arrested nearby with the knife.

Samuel told police he had suffered years of abuse at his father’s hands and the threat to kill his dog was the final straw.

Judith Seaborne, defending, said: “The red mist came down. 
“He has never previously assaulted his father.”

He admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and carrying a lock knife in public.

Jailing him for four years and six months, Judge Roger Keen said: “This was an outpouring of anger against your father but this is still a serious criminal offence which calls for a lengthy period of custody.”