12.2 C
Saturday, May 18, 2024

Man jailed for life after murdering his father in Preston

A man has been jailed for life for murdering his own father in Preston.

Austin Duckworth (37) of no fixed abode, appeared at Preston Crown Court today, to be handed a sentence of 17 years before he is eligible for parole.

On August 26, 2023, Duckworth breached his bail conditions by forcing his way into the  home of the victim – his dad – Stephen Duckworth, on St George’s Road.

Duckworth (pictured) repeatedly punched Stephen in the head, before walking away and telling his dad he had “better call an ambulance”.

Stephen was able to contact the police and provide an account of what had happened.

He felt increasingly unwell as the day progressed, resulting in him calling for an ambulance later that same evening. Stephen was taken to hospital where it was discovered that he had a ‘devastating bleed to the brain’.

He died from his injuries in October, 2023. A post mortem examination revealed the cause of Stephen’s death was blunt force head trauma.

After a five-day trial at Preston Crown Court, Duckworth was found guilty of murder.

Unlawful killing

Stephen’s brother, Geoffrey Duckworth said: “We as a family have been shaken to the core by Stephen’s unlawful killing. We have not only lost Stephen but have had to process the fact that the person responsible for his death is Stephen’s son Austin, another family member. We cannot comprehend this. We wish we had known what Stephen had been through so we could have helped and protected him.

“Stephen did everything he could for Austin as when he split up with his ex-partner, Austin went to live with him. He tried to do what he could to help him.

“We as a family are extremely disappointed in Austin for what he has put our family through and the fact it has come to this. He has taken Stephen, a much-loved member of our family, from us. This is something that cannot be undone and does not bring Stephen back.”

DCI Jill Riley said: “I welcome the life sentence handed down to Austin Duckworth by the court today.

“The unprovoked and spontaneous violence that Austin Duckworth rained down on his 72-year-old father in his own home – a place where he was entitled to feel safe – was truly appalling. This was a callous and violent attack and one which left Stephen with non-survivable injuries.

“This is a very rare case where a murder victim was able to provide an account of the attack to the police, which was played to the jury during this trial. This was extremely upsetting for members of Stephen’s family who were present in court.

“Hearing their words in court today, it is clear that the whole family have been profoundly impacted by Stephen’s murder. They have also had to come to terms with the fact that it was carried out at the hands of his own son.

“I want to place on record my thanks to Stephen’s family for the way in which they conducted themselves throughout the trial and for the support they have given to this investigation. I am pleased that justice has been served and hope they can now begin the process of moving forward with their own lives.”



The Benefits of Investing in London Property

Investing in London's real estate market offers notable advantages...

Innovative Sustainable Building Practices in the UK

To promote more sustainable living, the construction sector in...

Navigating the London Property Market: How to Buy a Flat

Navigating the property market can seem like quite a...

Body of missing Richard Parker found

Police searching for a missing man from Wrea Green...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Business Lancashire will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.

Don't miss

Launch of Commencis’ New Turkish-Specific LLM for Banking and Financial Services

With the power of high-performance GPUs and bespoke datasets,...

From Bangkok to Beyond: Thailo on the Rise of the Asian Market

The logistics industry in the Asian market has been...

Transforming Daily Dietary Habits, Henien Implements Autoclave Technology to Prolong Shelf-Life

Henien, a brand committed to promoting health and well-being,...

More News

Pair jailed for knifepoint robbery at Blackpool store

Two men have been jailed for carrying out a knifepoint robbery at a convenience store in Blackpool.  Christopher Walton (27) of John Foran Close, Manchester,...

Man jailed for viciously attacking two women at party

A Colne man has been jailed for viciously attacking two women at a house party. Dilnawaz Hussain from Duke Street (pictured) struck one of the...

Nine years in jail for man who bit victim’s ear off

A Darwen man has been jailed after biting his victim's ear off in a horrific attack. Steven Paterson (35) of Cavendish Street, appeared at Preston...