Stoke & Staffordshire

Richard Jeffries jailed for killing his father Stephen

Stephen Jeffries Image copyright Police handout
Image caption Other medical conditions Stephen Jeffries suffered exacerbated the effects of the head injury, police said.

A man has been jailed for nine years after he admitted killing his father.

Richard Jeffries punched and kicked his father Stephen during an argument at their home in Stoke-on-Trent in March last year.

He then left house. Upon his return, his found his father "in a bad way upstairs" and called emergency crews.

Stephen was in hospital for a week before he died of a head injury. His son denied murder but admitted manslaughter on Monday.

'Easy target'

He was initially arrested and charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and remanded in custody, Staffordshire Police said.

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When interviewed, he claimed the argument centred on a former relationship his father was in and how he continued to help out his ex-partner.

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Image caption Richard Jeffries punched and kicked his father, police said

Det Ch Insp Darren Harding, who led the investigation, said he welcomed his "recognition and admission of his catastrophic actions".

"Sadly, Stephen Jeffries was the victim of his own son's rage - he was an easy target and was physically overpowered by Richard, a younger, stronger and fitter man.

"What started as a verbal argument quickly escalated into a physical attack and Stephen spent a week fighting for his life before sadly passing away.

"As a result of what happened in March 2015 the Jeffries family are continuing to come to terms with the death of Stephen and the fact his son is in prison for killing him.

"I hope today's sentence can bring some form of closure to this tragic incident."

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