A DRUNKEN dad stabbed his nephew who had been caring for his disabled son.
William McAdam, 55, launched the attack armed with a kitchen knife after a row erupted between the pair.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that on the night of February 10, McAdam went out drinking.
The 55-year-old, of Coach Road Estate, in Washington, left his 17-year-old son in the care of his nephew George McAdam.
Prosecutor Michael Bunch said: “The complainant had gone to the defendant’s house to look after his son who has Down’s Syndrome.
“The defendant returned at 1.30am drunk.
“The pair had a conversation which escalated into an argument and the defendant started to jab the complainant with his finger.
“The complainant got hold of him and told him to calm down.”
The court heard how McAdam then took a knife from the block in the kitchen and lunged at his nephew.
George McAdam managed to force him to drop the knife by grabbing his wrist.
McAdam then took a second knife, but discarded it as it was bent.
Mr Bunch said: “He then picked up a third knife and moved towards the complainant again.
“The complainant was able to get hold of the defendant but then felt a pain in his side.
“The complainant managed to push McAdam away and made good his escape.”
George McAdam called police and was treated at the Freeman Hospital, in Newcastle.
He was treated for a chest wound and had to have one-and-half litres of blood drained from his chest.
Under police interview, McAdam admitted that he had drunk 12 to 13 bottles of Budweiser.
He accepted that he had knives in his possession but couldn’t recall stabbing his nephew.
McAdam pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful wounding.
Glenn Gatland, defending said: “This defendant himself is not a well man, he has been a diabetic for many, many years.
“The sad history is that the defendant and his wife parted over five years ago.
“They have a son called Jordan, who is close to the defendant’s nephew George.
“He is very much aware that his son has been punished by his actions.
“Jordan now has no contact with George and still doesn’t understand why he can’t see him.
“It’s a tragedy for all concerned.”
Mr Gatland told the court that McAdam has stayed sober since the incident and has sought counselling.
McAdam was given a 12 month sentence suspended for two years.
He was also handed a 12 month supervision order.
Passing sentence, the judge Mr Recorder Paul Reid said: “You have a 17 year old son for whom you are effectively the sole carer.
“On this night you had a preposterous amount of alcohol, as a diabetic you should know better than to do that.
“You picked up a knife not once, not twice but three times in succession and stabbed your nephew with it.”