Kent

Patrick Murphy jailed for killing violent father in Tonbridge

Joseph Murphy Image copyright Kent Police
Image caption Joseph Murphy was attacked and killed by his son in his own home

A man with learning difficulties has been jailed for 18 years for stabbing his violent father to death.

Patrick Murphy, 30, killed 54-year-old Joseph Murphy at their Hectorage Road home in Tonbridge, Kent, last May with knives he bought at a supermarket.

He was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court after being found guilty of manslaughter last month.

He was also jailed for nine years, to run concurrently, for attacking his brother and wounding with intent.

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

He repeatedly stabbed his father in the chest and arms and was arrested a short distance away from the scene, police said.

Image copyright Cash Converters CCTV footage
Image caption Patrick Murphy sold his phone for cash before buying strong lager and knives
Image copyright Sainsbury's CCTV footage
Image caption Murphy told the court he planned to kill himself with the knives he bought

During his trial, the court was told Murphy bought the knives at Sainsbury's after storming out of the house 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.

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

Det Ch Insp Tony Pledger, of Kent Police, said the attack followed what appeared to have been a trivial row.

"We may never know exactly what was going through the head of Patrick Murphy as he carried out this brutal and sustained assault inside the family home."

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