East Lancs father-of-14 jailed for stabbing son in chest and refusing to call ambulance

David William Geddes, 49, smiled as David Geddes Jnr was haemorrhaging and banging on the window calling for help

David William Geddes, 49, smiled as David Geddes Jnr was haemorrhaging and banging on the window calling for help

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A FATHER-of-14 who stabbed his son in the chest with a kitchen knife and refused to call an ambulance as he bled heavily has been jailed.

Former nightclub boss David William Geddes, 49, smiled as David Geddes Jnr was haemorrhaging and banging on the window calling for help.

He then washed the knife to get rid of evidence, Burnley Crown Court heard.

Geddes had flown into a rage in the early hours, when the victim had brought a young man the defendant believed had had a sexual relationship with a previous partner of his to a party at the defendant's Nelson home.

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Burnley Crown Court was told Geddes punched and kicked his son, armed himself with the knife and then plunged it into the victim at the doorway.

The court was told Geddes Jnr, 23, suffered very serious injuries to his liver and lung, lost 1.6 litres of blood and had to have extensive surgery requiring medics to open up his back to repair the damage to his body.

Passing sentence, Judge Ian Leeming, QC, told Geddes: "Words fail me. This was appalling behaviour of an extreme nature.

"The victim cannot comprehend how a father could do to his son what you have done to him."

Alcoholic Geddes, said to have suffered from depression, has had his children by five different women over 25 years.

He is a former boss of the Goodnight Club in Stanley Street, Nelson, which ran into a number of difficulties with police in 2008, amid claims it was magnet for public disorder. The club’s licence was suspended for four weeks at one stage.

Following the stabbing on December 7 last year, Geddes had at first been charged with wounding to intent to do grievous bodily harm and had denied the allegation, claiming he hadn't had a knife.

The defendant, of Regent Street, admitted wounding and was jailed for 33 months. He was also made subject to a permanent restraining order, banning him from contacting his son and others.

Prosecutor Michael Maher said the father and son had been drinking.

The victim left the property and returned with a man whose presence appeared to trigger the violence. A witness who was looking after a number of children who were upstairs told police she was scared. She said the defendant was acting strangely, like he was someone else and was out of control.

He kicked and punched the victim, the trouble spilled outside the front door and the defendant pushed away the victim's girlfriend when she tried to intervene.

Geddes returned inside, then walked towards his son and stabbed him.

Mr Maher said: "The defendant went inside. His son was haemorrhaging and was banging on the window, asking his father to call an ambulance. A witness states he refused. He did call 999, alleged his son had threatened him with a knife and then he hung up."

There was a lot of blood inside and outside the front door. The knife was then washed by the defendant, put back in the drawer and he asked a witness: "I didn't see a knife. Did you?"

Mr Maher said David Geddes Jnr lost about 1.6 litres of blood and was transferred to an intensive care unit. He had suffered a wound to his right chest wall and injury to his diaphragmatic muscle and a right artery, which bled so profusely it had to be secured at both ends with surgical clips.

The prosecutor said the victim, who was jailed in April for drugs offences, had made an impact statement. The victim said: "A father should not do that to his son and I don't want to have anything to do with him again."

The defendant, who previously drank about 300 units of alcohol a week, has 12 offences on his record.

Rick Holland, defending, said: "This is both a serious and depressing case, involving, as it does, father and son. He does have a deep sense of regret, that his own flesh and blood suffered as a part of this incident."

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