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Drunken son attacked father with a saw
A SON who attacked his father with a saw in a drunken outburst has received a suspended prison sentence.
Ashley Mark Flint, 26, first tried to hit his father Eric with a scythe during a disagreement at his parents’ Huntington home, Christopher Attwooll, prosecuting, told York Crown Court.
Then Flint attacked his father with a saw, but though his father managed to block the blow to some degree, the saw still made a three-inch cut on his head.
Flint, who lives in Scrayingham, near Stamford Bridge, is due to become a father himself in the next few days, his barrister Nick Barker said.
He also said that Flint has a drink problem.
Giving Ashley Flint a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years on condition he does 120 hours’ unpaid work and a six-month alcohol rehabilitation course, the Recorder of York Judge Stephen Ashurst told him: “You were simply out of control.”
Flint pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm.
Mr Attwooll said Ashley Flint’s parents returned home from an evening out on July 6 to find their son helping himself to items in their fridge.
Flint started swearing at them and punched his father. His parents managed to get Flint out of the house, but then their son went to the garden shed and fetched a scythe and attacked his father with it.
When Eric Flint disarmed his son, his son then went back to the garden shed to get a saw and attacked his father with it.
The parents called police and as their son cycled off he was arrested.
The court heard he has since spent time in prison on remand after breaking his bail conditions.
For Ashley Flint, Nick Barker said: “Lying behind this is a family tragedy, which is a great shame and sadness.”
The son was ashamed of what he had done, which was caused by his addiction to alcohol.