Whiston man jailed for killing abusive former stepfather
- 16 May 2014
- From the section Liverpool
A man who killed his abusive former stepfather by running him over in his car has been jailed for three years.
Nathan Kenny, from Whiston, Merseyside, suffered "great torment" at the hands of Michael Fennah, who sexually abused him as a teenager.
Mr Fennah, who also physically abused Kenny's mother, was killed when the 33-year-old drove into him in Scott Avenue, Whiston.
Kenny was jailed at Liverpool Crown Court after admitting manslaughter.
Passing sentence on Friday, Judge David Aubrey QC referred to offences of "extremely grave character" meted out by Mr Fennah.
The 52-year-old had been married to Kenny's mother in the 1990s, the court heard.
'Shame and humiliation'
During their short marriage Kenny, of Braemar Close, suffered sexual abuse from the age of 13 and also witnessed the abuse of his mother.
Judge Aubrey said Kenny had suffered "pain, shame and humiliation" at the hands of Mr Fennah.
Kenny also had "frequent flashbacks" from the the abuse, and was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, the judge said.
Kenny was told he would be released after serving a year-and-a-half of his sentence.
There were 22 members of Kenny's family at the court on Friday to hear the sentence.
Some wept as the final statements were made by the defence and prosecution and, when the sentence was passed, they applauded.
Mr Fennah died after suffering serious head injuries in the collision on 17 December last year.