A 55-year previous man has denied attempting to homicide his aged father of their east Belfast dwelling after shedding his mood over a cell phone.
Alan Lockhead additionally denied deliberately wounding his mom, who sustained two slash wounds while attempting to get a kitchen knife from his grip, saying her accidents had been “a pure accident.”
Lockhead is at the moment standing trial on two prices arising from an incident within the kitchen of the household dwelling in Ballyhackamore final March.
He has been prices with, and denies, making an attempt to homicide his father and wounding his mom with intent to trigger her grievous bodily hurt. Desmond Lockhead (74) mentioned his son tried to strangle him with a cell phone charger lead earlier than stabbing him twice within the head, while his mom mentioned she was injured attempting to disarm her son.
Mr Lockhead was handled for lacerations to his head and ear, whereas Mrs Lockhead was handled for 2 separate 10cm slash wounds to her arm.
As he was known as to the witness stand at Belfast Crown Court docket to offer proof at present, Lockhead – whose handle was given as HMP Maghaberry – rejected most of his dad and mom account of what occurred at round 6.30am on March 22 final yr.
The jury has already heard that Lockhead had been dwelling in London for 16 years previous to the violent incident, had returned to Belfast resulting from psychological well being points, and was resulting from fly again to London the day he’s alleged to have stabbed each his dad and mom.
When requested why he had come dwelling, Lockhead mentioned he owed cash for hashish and that two males approached him and instructed him they had been going to begin escorting him to the Put up Workplace and taking half his advantages cash off him till the debt was clear.
He mentioned he had been in Belfast for round ten days and had been in search of rented lodging as he deliberate to return again for good.
Questioned by his barrister Charles MacCreanor QC, Lockhead was requested what had occurred the night earlier than the incident. The defendant mentioned he had phrases together with his dad and mom about his two grown-up chidren, as they instructed him he wasn’t their organic father.
He mentioned he could not perceive why they had been saying issues to harm him, so he went to mattress round 9pm. He was then quizzed about what occurred within the kitchen the next morning.
Lockhead claimed he had phrases together with his father, who was sitting watching TV and consuming his breakfast, a few cell phone that they had given him which he could not get to work. He mentioned his father known as him silly as he had proven him work it on a number of events, then his father instructed him ‘I do not understand how you’re attending to the airport. You might f*****g stroll.’
When requested what he did subsequent, Lockhead mentioned: “I walked behind him with the cellphone charger lead and put it round his head and pulled him again within the chair.” And when requested by Mr MacCreanor “why did you do this?”, Lockhead replied: “I needed the reality about every part – the cellphone, my youngsters. All the things that he mentioned.”
Denying that he pulled his father onto the ground, Lockhead mentioned he pulled the chair backwards and when the lead snapped, his father jumped from the chair and lunged at him.
He continued: “As he got here ahead, I moved again. It occurred in seconds. I lifted the knife from the chopping board.” When he was requested why he lifted a knife, Lockhead mentioned: “Only a response I suppose. To scare him, I suppose.”
Lockhead mentioned he feared “getting a hiding” from his father “after what I did with the cables round his shoulders.” When requested to clarify what occurred subsequent, Lockhead mentioned: “My father jumped on me and pulled me to the bottom. He has his two knees on my chest and he was holding my arms. I began to battle with him, by attempting to power him to get off me.”
Mr MacCreanor then requested his shopper how his father sustained the injuries to his head, with Lockhead relying: “I hit him with the knife with my hand. I hit him on the pinnacle.”
Telling the court docket that he by no means stabbed his father, however as a substitute hit him with the knife, when Lockhead was requested how he felt about being charged with making an attempt to homicide his father, he answered “I by no means meant to kill anybody.”
He was additionally requested to clarify the accidents to his mom’s arm. Mrs Lockhead was woken from her sleep by her husband known as for assist, and was wounded while getting the knife off her son. She grabbed a coach and hit her son on the hand with it till he launched his grip on the knife.
When Lockhead was requested about being wounding her with intent, Lockhead mentioned: “I by no means, ever, ever, by no means did I ever intend to harm my mom. It was by pure accident. She got here down and bought within the highway, principally.” He additionally claimed he wasn’t conscious of her presence “till she hit me on the hand with no matter it was.”
Beneath cross-examination by Crown prosecutor Robin Steer, Lockhead was questioned in regards to the row each the evening earlier than, and the row together with his father in regards to the cell phone.
Admitting that he suffered from paranoia, Lockhead mentioned that regardless of being proven use the cellular, he believed his father had completed one thing to it. When Mr Steer prompt to Lockhead that he misplaced his mood and attacked his father over a cellphone, he answered “It was not simply in regards to the cellphone. The cellphone was the straw that broke the camel’s again.”
“He ignored me. He was sitting consuming his breakfast and watching TV. It was the issues he mentioned in regards to the youngsters, calling me ineffective, saying I could not maintain down a job, that I used to be a disappointment. It was a mix of all these items. He known as me f*****g silly and instructed me I must stroll to the airport alone.”
Denying that he put the lead round his father’s neck and tried to strangle him, Lockhead claimed he used the result in maintain his father by the shoulders within the chair so he might inform him the reality about his kids.
Rejecting a suggestion he misplaced his mood, however admitting he was “a bit indignant”, Lockhead mentioned he picked up the knife as he felt his father was going to “begin swinging punches.” Once more denying that he attacked his father when the older man was on the bottom, Lockhead reiterated his declare that his father bought him to the bottom and knelt on prime of him.
He instructed the court docket: “I did not stab my father within the head. I hit him on the pinnacle with the knife.” Mr Steer’s reponsed to this by telling Lockhead “that is simply one other lie. You make this up as you go alongside.”
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