A man was sentenced to prison after repeatedly hitting his 79-year-old father with a glass kettle.
On the 29th of December, David Lavender attacked Anthony Lavender and left him to die at a property in Old Swan, Liverpool, according to Merseyside Police.
The 37-year-old drove away from the incident and slammed through the center reserve on Queens Drive.
At Liverpool Crown Court, Lavender admitted to killing his father and was sentenced to a minimum of 14 years in prison.
He had drinking problems, according to the court, and tensions had escalated since he moved into his father’s property on Woodhall Road in 2020.
The jury was heard how Lavender awoke on December 29th to see his father “glaring” at him.
He attacked him with a glass kettle, then fled the scene in a vehicle and wrecked on the Queens Drive and Breeze Hill overpass.
Mr Lavender dialed 999 after being hurt, but authorities discovered him comatose at his home.
According to authorities, he died in the early hours of December 30.
“I cannot be confident you intended to kill your father, and the evidence shows it was a spontaneous outburst of violence,” said Neil Flewitt, QC, as he sentenced Lavender to life in prison.
“It’s a sorrow beyond words that you were the one who took his life far too soon.”
Mr. Lavender had underlying heart problems, and the unprovoked assault had led him to have a deadly heart attack.
A post-mortem investigation revealed Mr Lavender had sustained many wounds to his head from glass damage, according to prosecutor Gordon Cole, QC.
His family recognized him as a “loving brother and uncle” who “lived his life to the fullest” in a statement.
Merseyside Police’s Det Ch Insp Mark Drew described it as a “terribly terrible” death at the “hands of his aggressive son.”