Jailed: Son who stabbed his mum in back

Brave passers-by fought him off af­ter street chase

Rossendale Free Press - - Front Page - JON MACPHER­SON

A KNIFE-WIELD­ING man stabbed his mum in the back be­fore passers-by bravely in­ter­vened to fight him off.

Sean Fell got into a heated ar­gu­ment with Deb- orah Fell out­side her home on Burn­ley Road East in Water­foot and chased her down the street de­mand­ing money.

The 30-year-old then stabbed her TWICE in the back with the six-inch ser­rated edged blade be­fore two women in a pass­ing car rushed out to help.

The shock­ing in­ci­dent was filmed by one of the women on her phone.

Fell, of New Road, Newchurch, pleaded guilty at Burn­ley Crown Court to ABH, pos­sess­ing a knife in a pub­lic place and com­mon as­sault, and was jailed for 15 months.

Pros­e­cu­tor Stephen Parker said Deb­o­rah Fell had a volatile re­la­tion­ship with her son who has men­tal health prob­lems and she ‘feels he has been let down by the var­i­ous men­tal health ser­vices’.

Recorder John Brom­ley-Daven­port QC said it was a ‘hor­ri­ble in­ci­dent’ and would have been very fright­en­ing for those in­volved and passers-by.

AKNIFE-WIELD­ING man stabbed his mum in the back be­fore passers-by bravely in­ter­vened to fight him off.

Sean Fell got into a heated ar­gu­ment with Deb­o­rah Fell out­side her home on Burn­ley Road East in Water­foot and chased her down the street de­mand­ing money.

The 30-year-old then stabbed her TWICE in the back with the six-inch ser­rated edged blade be­fore two women in a pass­ing car rushed out to help.

Fell, of New Road, Newchurch, pleaded guilty to ABH, pos­sess­ing a knife in a pub­lic place and com­mon as­sault and was jailed for 15 months.

Pros­e­cu­tor Stephen Parker said Deb­o­rah Fell had a volatile re­la­tion­ship with her son who has men­tal health prob­lems and she ‘feels he has been let down by the var­i­ous men­tal health ser­vices’.

He said: “Any prob­lem the de­fen­dant may have is ex­ac­er­bated by the fact he is a heavy drug user and has not been tak­ing med­i­ca­tion pre­scribed to him.”

The court heard Deb­o­rah Fell had been given money by her son to do some shop­ping for him and was at home on the af­ter­noon of April 18 when some of his friends came round ask­ing for the money. Mr Parker said they couldn’t have it be­cause she had spent it on the shop­ping and Fell then turned up ‘de­mand­ing the money’.

Fell was ‘cry­ing’ and re­peat­edly say­ing “you bet­ter give me my money” be­fore pro­duc­ing a six-inch bread knife with a ser­rated edge. The de­fen­dant told his mum “give me my money or do you want me to kill my­self?”

Mr Parker said Fell placed the knife against his own throat and made a ‘slash­ing mo­tion’ be­fore his mum ran off down the street. The court heard how she was caught by her son and felt a ‘sharp pain in her back’.

Mr Parker said Deb­o­rah Fell ‘im­me­di­ately knew she had been stabbed’ and it was ‘fol­lowed by another sharp pain’.

Re­becca Lord and her sis­ter Rachel Brown were trav­el­ling along the road in a car when they saw Fell shak­ing and ‘punch­ing’ his mum to the head.

Ms Brown started to film the in­ci­dent on her mo­bile phone and Ms Lord went to Fell and told him to leave his mum alone.

Fell swore at Ms Lord and punched her to the head ‘sev­eral times’ be­fore she kicked him in the groin and he walked off.

Recorder John Brom­ley-Daven­port QC said it was an ‘ex­tremely un­pleas­ant in­ci­dent’ and praised Re­becca Lord for her ‘ex­treme brav­ery’.

Sen­tenc­ing, he said: “Hav­ing seen that footage of the in­ci­dent I hope you are thor­oughly ashamed of your be­hav­iour that day.

“It was a hor­ri­ble in­ci­dent and very fright­en­ing for any­body in­volved and for passers-by.

“Re­becca Lord to me acted not only ex­tremely bravely in go­ing to the as­sis­tance of your mother but, be­cause you still had the knife in your pos­ses­sion, may have pre­vented more se­ri­ous in­juries.

“You tried to fight her off but she was more than a match for you as it turned out. It’s an ex­tremely un­pleas­ant in­ci­dent and in line with your be­hav­iour in the past when you’ve ap­peared be­fore these courts.”

De­fence bar­ris­ter Richard Prew said his mum and fam­ily, who at­tended the court hear­ing, are ‘very con­cerned about his vul­ner­a­bil­ity in prison’ and feel it is ‘not the best place for him’.

He said: “If the de­fen­dant does re­frain from drugs and al­co­hol and takes his med­i­ca­tion then it’s de­bat­able but highly likely he would not re-of­fend.”

l● Fell was filmed at­tack­ing his mum in the street

Footage taken by a passer-by showed Sean Fell at­tack­ing his mum Deb­o­rah, be­fore Re­becca Lord in­ter­vened

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