Burnley man sentenced for stabbing his son with a 12 inch bladed kitchen knife

A 50-year-old man has today been sentenced to a hospital order for attempting to murder his 29-year-old son.

Andrew Heaton was sentenced to a hospital order with a restriction order at Burnley Crown Court.

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The court was told that at around 6pm on November 28th last year, following a 999 call, officers attended Cog Lane where they were met by Andrew Heaton who told them he had stabbed his son.

A 50-year-old man has today been sentenced to a hospital order for attempting to murder his 29-year-old son.

His son was found lying on the sofa, with a wound to his chest. Police and paramedics gave first aid at the scene and he was later transferred to hospital.

Officers recovered a large kitchen knife with a 12 inch blade from the bottom of the stairs.

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Heaton’s son underwent surgery for a punctured lung at Blackpool Victoria hospital and was released just over a week later with antibiotics.

The defendant admitted that he had stabbed his son in interview and explained that he wanted to end his son’s suffering.

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He went on to plead guilty at court and the case was adjourned for psychiatric reports to be considered before sentencing.

Emanuele Bellanca, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: “ This was shocking incident that must have been a traumatic experience for Andrew Heaton’s son, to have been stabbed by his father.

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“He accepted what he had done at the earliest opportunity and pleaded guilty, which spared witnesses having to give evidence at court.

“We understand that Andrew Heaton suffers with a mental health condition and this offence took place during a relapse of his condition.

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“Our thoughts are with those that have been affected by this incident.”