El­ton trib­ute act stabbed his par­ents

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY ANDY JEHRING

AN El­ton John trib­ute act who stabbed his par­ents in a row over money has been jailed for five years. Mark Ruck, 43, at­tacked them “out of the blue” af­ter they re­fused to sell their semi-de­tached home to pay his £23,000 debts and fund a paramedics course. He was cleared yes­ter­day at Worces­ter crown court of try­ing to kill his fa­ther Michael, 72, but jailed for wound­ing him and mum Bedelia, 70, at home in Red­hill, Here­ford. Ruck, who claims to have made TV ap­pear­ances while per­form­ing as El­ton John, in­clud­ing on Stars In Their Eyes, had never been vi­o­lent be­fore, said Mark Thomp­son, de­fend­ing. He said: “This is a man who acted en­tirely out of char­ac­ter for a mat­ter of sec­onds.”

AT­TACK Mark Ruck, 42

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