A man who tried to murder his father who had been convicted of abusing children has been jailed.
Daniel Green, 31, smashed a porcelain figurine over his father David’s head after he failed to strangle him because his hands were too small.
He launched his attack at the care home where his dad, 77, was being looked after due to his dementia.
Preston Crown Court heard yesterday that he had built up years of resentment because of his father’s history of paedophilia.
When his attempts to kill his father on March 29 failed he was heard by police saying ‘I can’t even kill someone right’.
He was jailed for nearly nine years yesterday.
Prosecutor Jeremy Grout-Smith told the court that he arrived at the care home at 3.30pm on the day of the attempted killing and the father and son sat watching TV together.
He carried out the attack at around 8pm.
Care assistant Katie Heslop saw a blood-stained blanket on Green’s arms and he told her colleague ‘I tried to strangle my dad. Obviously it didn’t work.’
She went to David’s room and saw blood everywhere from a head injury with the porcelain figure in pieces on the floor.
He told a police officer when they arrived: ‘I tried to kill him. I tried to strangle him but I only have small hands.
‘He sexually abused children when I was a child. I have not been able to vent my anger with him until now.’
Green told police that he had not been abused by his father.
In mitigation Rachel Woods said that he had not intended to kill his father when he visited. He was homeless at the time and wanted a hot meal, a hot drink anda roof over his head.
Judge Brown said: ‘You have harboured over many years a resentment to your father for sexually abusing two children.
‘Your father received a custodial sentence for those offences when you were 13. These offences destroyed the adulation you had for him and you harboured a resentment for a long time.
‘The anger increased and manifested itself in the attack on him. It does seem this was an isolated incident.’