No show for stabbing son

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A WARRANT was issued after a son who stabbed his pensioner dad in an argument over a spicy Spanish sausage failed to turn up at court.

William Aubrey plunged a pair of scissors into his 75-year-old father’s arm after a row about how to cook chorizo.

He went on to brandish two knives at police who rushed to the family home in Albany, Washington.

The 27-year-old Philippine national admitted one charge of assault causing actual bodily harm and one of affray at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court in December.

He was granted bail until January 21, but failed to turn up at court.

District Judge Roger Elsey agreed to set a new date for sentencing, after defence solicitor Peter Thubron explained Aubrey was living in Consett, where it was snowing heavily.

But he did not attend a third hearing at the city court on Monday. <Jan 28>

Magistrates issued an arrest warrant, as defence solicitor Angus Westgarth was not able to give any explanation as to why his client was missing.

Speaking at the initial hearing, prosecutor Paul Anderson told the court violence erupted at about 3.45pm on December 20, after Mr Aubrey had just finished eating.

Aubrey went into the kitchen and put chorizo sausage in the oven.

But when his dad told him he was doing it wrong he lashed out.

Mr Anderson told the court at the time: “At first his dad did not think anything had happened, because he did not feel any pain.

“Then his son said to him, ‘You will remember that’.

“The dad looked at his arm and realised he was bleeding and the defendant had a pair of scissors in his hand.”

Mr Aubrey senior, also called William, drove to the town’s police station and was treated for a two-inch wound to his left arm.

Officers went to Bassenfell Close to arrest the son where violence continued.

An earlier hearing was told Aubrey, who had been sitting eating in the kitchen, silently took two knives from a block and raised them above his head, moving towards police.

In interview he admitted stabbing his father, but could not give a reason why.

Aubrey, who has no criminal record, could also not explain why he lunged at police.

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