Son beats disabled dad for burning his beefburgers - Leeds


A son beat his disabled dad and held a knife to his throat for burning his beefburgers.

Christoforos Athanasiou then turned violent towards his mother after she tried to stop the attack at their home in Leeds.

Athanasiou told police after he was arrested that he would have slit his throat had she not intervened.

The 25-year-old was jailed for 16 months yesterday (Thursday) over the terrifying and humiliating attack.

Leeds Crown Court heard Athanasiou told his father he was not going to eat the meal he had prepared as it was burnt and began punching him in the face. He then swore and shouted insults at him before holding a four-inch knife against his jugular vein. The court heard Athanasiou’s father walks with the aid of a stick and has learning difficulties.

Athanasiou then grabbed his mother around the neck and pushed her when she tried to stop the attack. Her husband managed to leave the house but Athanasiou followed him into the street and continued to attack him.

He grabbed his shirt and slapped him around the head. Police were contacted and Athanasiou was arrested at the family home on Belbrooke Grove, Harehills.

Michael Smith, prosecuting, said: “He said to the police that his father should know better.”

He admitted to holding the knife against his throat and saying to him: “If you mess me about this will go through.”

Athanasiou pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and breach of a suspended sentence order.

The court heard Athanasiou has previous convictions for violence and was subject to a suspended sentence for assaulting a police officer at the time of the incident, on July 15 this year.

Gareth Moore, mitigating, said Athanasiou had anger management problems and had drunk five pints of cider shortly before the incident. Recorder Richard Woolfall said: “One can only imagine how this could have ended. Possibly with the loss of your father’s life.”