Timothy Howard McCaffrey jailed for manslaughter of father

A man whose moment of “senseless” rage caused the death of his father, all over a dispute about watering the garden, has been handed a five-year jail term.

Timothy Howard McCaffrey never intended to seriously hurt or kill his father, David Howard McCaffrey, when a loud argument broke out between the pair over Timothy’s water usage.

But in a matter of seconds, the 45-year-old escalated the argument by grabbing his father and pushing him, leading to a tragic outcome for the family.

Facing Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday, family members wept as Justice Thomas Bradley sentenced Timothy to a five year jail term.

With time already served in custody since 2018, his sentence was suspended for five years.

Timothy had pleaded guilty to manslaughter in August for the unlawful killing of David, 69, in April 2018.

The court was told Timothy was watering plants at the family’s Clontarf home on April 23, 2018, when he was confronted by David.

Crown prosecutor Christopher Cook said an argument broke out between the pair about Timothy “using too much water”.

The argument continued inside, culminating in a confrontation on the stairs where Timothy grabbed his father’s throat for a few seconds, causing him to lose his balance.

Mr Cook said there was a stark difference in size between the pair, with Timothy weighing over 90kg at the time compared to his “fragile” father’s 54kg frame.

Timothy then pushed his father, where he fell from the first step of the house landing and hit his head on the floor.

“The defendant heard a loud crack… he saw his father twitch and squirm, he turned blue and was not breathing,” Mr Cook said.

David McCaffrey was rushed to hospital but died of head injuries some time later.

Mr Cook said while Timothy had no intention to kill, his behaviour was “violent” and had caused the tragic loss of life.

The court was told the pair had a history of animosity and there were instances of verbal abuse and violence from David towards family members.

Defence lawyer Jessica Horne said her client was remorseful for his actions and had been “overcome” with grief and sorrow.

She told the court prior to his father being taken to hospital, Timothy had performed CPR on him.

Ms Horne said Timothy was seeking treatment for his mental health issues and wished to re-engage with work and his church.

In sentencing Timothy to five years’ jail, Justice Thomas Bradley said any sentence imposed “will always, in some sense, feel inadequate to deal with the loss of a person who was for many years a member of your family.”

But he said an ordinary person would have seen death as a potential consequence.

“To view the events as limited to those that occurred on the day… would be to take a rather truncated view of things,” Justice Bradley said.

“I take into account the fact you had many decades of living with the knowledge and consequences of your father’s wholly inappropriate acts

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Yeovil man Leon Green jailed for axe attack in house

Leon Green

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image captionGreen attacked his victim after he began “clowning around’ in his own home

A man who attacked a drinking partner with with an axe has been jailed.

Leon Green, 34, of Perrythorne Park, Yeovil, had been drinking in a pub in Chard with Joseph Guppy in October.

Exeter Crown Court heard they returned to Mr Guppy’s house where Mr Guppy began “clowning around” and almost struck Green in the face with his hand.

Judge Robert Linford said it set off an “extreme reaction” in Green who attacked him with the axe. He was jailed for four years and 10 months.

Green had been convicted of grievous bodily harm at an earlier hearing at Taunton Crown Court in July.

During sentencing on Friday, the judge said Green had inflicted injuries which easily could have killed Mr Guppy.

“You went back to Mr Guppy’s house where he was clowning around and dancing around and at some point his hand went close to your face.

“It was not an aggressive mood.”

“It set off the most extreme reaction.

“You picked up an axe and struck him repeatedly about the head and body and caused multiple wounds and a small fracture of the skull.”

The court was told he had carried out the attack while part way through a ‘thinking skills course’ which he had been sent on after stabbing a man with a screwdriver.

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‘Knife fanatic’, 17, jailed for life for stabbing autistic best friend to death with a kitchen knife

A teen has been jailed for life for stabbing his autistic best friend to death with a kitchen knife during a row.

Trent Hutchinson, 17, plunged a knife into the back and skull of 18-year-old Ollie Wells outside his house, a court heard.

The young killer, who was said to have had a ‘fascination with knives’, had allowed his friend to sleep on a mattress in his bedroom in his mother’s house.

During the stay, Ollie answered the door and spoke to some men who stopped by in a car.

Trent Hutchinson (left), 17, has been jailed for life for stabbing his best friend to death with a kitchen knife during a row in Newhaven, Sussex,

The 18-year-old  victim Ollie Wells

Trent Hutchinson (left), 17, has been jailed for life for stabbing his best friend 18-year-old Ollie Wells to death with a kitchen knife during a row in Newhaven, Sussex

Hutchinson, 16 at the time, accused Ollie of ‘bringing trouble to the house’, police said.

A fight broke out between them inside the home in Newhaven, Sussex, and Hutchinson punched Ollie. 

Ollie fled outside and was followed by Hutchinson, who then returned quickly and told his mother he had stabbed Ollie.

The court heard Ollie was stabbed twice with a knife taken from the house during the incident on 6 January.

He collapsed outside into the street where he died despite the efforts of Hutchinson’s mother, and of paramedics who swiftly arrived.

Ollie Wells' (pictured) family said in a statement: 'Ollie's death and the horrific way he died has been devastating for our family, he was the youngest sibling and loved very much'

Ollie Wells’ (pictured) family said in a statement: ‘Ollie’s death and the horrific way he died has been devastating for our family, he was the youngest sibling and loved very much’ 

Following the seven-day trial at Hove Crown Court, Judge Jeremy Gold QC allowed Hutchinson to be named after applications from media and Ollie’s family.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday, with a minimum term of 14 years.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Wolstenholme of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: ‘This tragic moment has had a terrible impact on two families which will live with them forever.

‘One young man lost his life, cruelly and savagely murdered by another young man who he believed to be his best friend, who has consigned himself to tragically limited future.

A forensic tent at the property in Newhaven in January the day after Ollie was stabbed to death

A forensic tent at the property in Newhaven in January the day after Ollie was stabbed to death

‘The families of both teenagers will undoubtedly feel that loss forever.

‘Whatever the disagreement was between them that night, we may never know exactly why Ollie’s murderer reacted in such an extreme and violent way.

‘When interviewed, he said in a prepared statement that he acted in self-defence and intended Ollie no serious harm.

‘However the injuries made it clear that this was no defensive action but rather a sustained and deliberate attack.

Following the seven-day trial at Hove Crown Court, Judge Jeremy Gold QC allowed Hutchinson to be named after applications from media and Ollie's family. Pictured: The crime scene in Newhaven

Following the seven-day trial at Hove Crown Court, Judge Jeremy Gold QC allowed Hutchinson to be named after applications from media and Ollie’s family. Pictured: The crime scene in Newhaven 

‘Both as a police officer, and a resident of Sussex I am desperate not to see any more young lives cut short as a result of knife violence in our county.

‘The impact of

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