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John Lennox stabbed son in heart over bacon row

High Court in Glasgow
Image caption The court heard that just after stabbing his son Lennox attempted to repair a broken television

A man who stabbed his son through the heart following a row over bacon rolls has been jailed for eight years.

John Lennox, 49, was found guilty of assaulting 16-year-old Brendan, who was then 15, at their home in Dennistoun, Glasgow, on 15 September last year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that after stabbing his son, Lennox said: "How did that feel?"

He denied carrying out the attack and claimed his son either stabbed himself or was stabbed by someone else.

The court heard that friends and neighbours had been at the house at the time of the attack.

Shouting and swearing

Brendan's mother, 37-year-old Davina Miller, decided to make bacon rolls for her son, Lennox and their guests.

Her son became annoyed when he was not given the first bacon roll and began shouting and swearing, before storming out of the house.

He slammed a door as he left which hit his mother.

When Brendan Lennox walked back in a fight developed with his father in which the television was overturned.

At one point Lennox produced a knife and stabbed his son twice. One of the blows went through his heart.

When his mother saw the blood she screamed at Lennox: "You've stabbed our boy in the heart."

Two wounds

The court was told that when Ms Miller and other rushed to help her son, Lennox calmly attempted to repair the damaged television.

His son's life was saved by medics at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

In evidence, Brendan Lennox said: "I got stabbed twice."

When advocate depute Stephen McCloy, prosecuting, asked him who did it, he replied: "My dad. We fought and then I got stabbed."

Asked what sparked the incident, he said: "It was probably over the bacon."

The court heard that Ms Miller and her son moved out of the family home after the incident.

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