By India Today Web Desk: A man has been jailed for 10 years for killing his father in a frenzied knife attack in Bromley, south-east London. Sean Maurice, 31, stabbed his father Paul around 30 times on September 14, 2021 before going on the run from police.
When he was captured, Maurice claimed his 52-year-old father had sexually abused him.
The 31-year-old admitted manslaughter but following a trial at the Old Bailey he was acquitted of murder on Wednesday.
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Car salesman Paul told the couple he did not want to die as he collapsed bleeding on their doorstep after the attack. As he was being treated by emergency services, a police officer asked him who was responsible and he replied, "Sean".
Following a brief manhunt, Sean was found a few hours later, running through back gardens nearby. He ended up on the roof of a garden shed, where he was surrounded by police before eventually being detained.
"I've got nothing to lose. You lot are trying to arrest me because I beat up my dad who abused me, he raped me... and you want to arrest me? What kind of f** justice is that?" Sean was quoted by Mirror as saying.
The court heard the victim had been a “dreadful father” and in mitigation, it was said on Maurice’s behalf that he had “borne the brunt” of his father’s mistreatment but still wished he had not killed him.
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"During the trial you spoke of your father's violence and his physical abuse of you. Your sister and brother spoke of similar abuse at his hands and on the evidence I have heard I accept that your experiences were the worst. I also accept that this abuse has caused you lasting damage," The Mirror quoted manslaughter Judge Dennis Watson, KC, as saying.
The judge described how on September 6, Sean had become upset that his father refused to allow him to stay at his house.
On September 14, he then "relapsed again, took some alcohol and crack" before falling out with the family at his temporary home.
Prosecutor Emlyn Jones had told jurors there was no issue that Maurice had killed his father.
The defendant admitted manslaughter, claiming he lost control after a confrontation with his father. Judge Dennis Watson KC sentenced him to 10 years in prison. India Today