Daryl Sampson, 29, used a hunting knife to stab his dad Robert Sampson in the ribcage, puncturing his heart, near a bus stop in Crookbarrow Road in Norton, near Worcester, on November 16 last year.
Sampson had denied murder, claiming that he “lost control” when he stabbed his father but did not intend to kill him, and that he’d only taken the knife to the meeting with his dad because he feared being attacked.
As you do. When you meet for a bit of family therapy and relationship counseling on the street…
High Court Judge Sir Akhlaq Ur-Rahman Choudhury told Sampson when sentencing him that he had taken the hunting knife to the meeting with his father when his “resentment and hatred had reached a peak” with the full intention of using the weapon.
Sampson had arranged to meet his 63-year-old dad at the bus stop so he could discuss what he called their “toxic, abandoning relationship”.
This is indeed a family with issues.
“You have claimed you feared serious violence but he had not showed any violence towards you in over a decade.”
Judge Choudhury said Sampson blamed his father for his heroin addiction and for not paying for him to have a longer stay at a drug rehab centre in Thailand.
It’s really no wonder the ‘Jeremy Kyle Show’ is never stuck for material, is it?
Judge Choudhury called Robert Sampson punching his son in the face in 2004 and hitting him on the back of the head when he was five-years-old “isolated” incidents.
“They could not possibly have caused you to fear for your life in the way you have suggested,” he said to Sampson.
“I am quite satisfied that you took the knife on that night with the intention of using it.”
Of course he did. Ah, well, he’ll get better ideas for excuses while in prison.