Kent

Patrick Murphy guilty of killing violent father in Tonbridge

Patrick Murphy selling his phone Image copyright Cash Converters CCTV footage
Image caption Patrick Murphy sold his phone for cash before buying strong lager and knives

A man with learning difficulties who stabbed his violent father to death at their home in Kent has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Patrick Murphy, 30, killed 54-year-old Joseph Murphy in Tonbridge in May with knives he bought at a supermarket and was found not guilty of murder.

He was also found guilty of wounding his brother with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He will be sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on 2 March..

The jury heard Mr Murphy suffered a knife wound to the artery in his arm.

Image copyright Sainsbury's CCTV footage
Image caption Patrick Murphy told the court he planned to kill himself with the knives he bought

Murphy said he killed his father because he was scared of him after suffering years of bullying.

The court was told Mr Murphy bought the knives at Sainsbury's after storming out of the house in Hectorage Road, Tonbridge following a row with his parents over a mobile phone charger.

He exchanged the phone for cash, went to an off licence where he bought and drank several cans of strong lager then went to the supermarket.

He said he bought the knives intending to kill himself in front of his family but stabbed his father when he jumped out of his chair and started shouting at him.

Image caption Patrick Murphy killed his father at the family home in Hectorage Road, Tonbridge

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