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 Man jailed for knife attack which caused his mother’s death


​A MAN who caused the death of his mother after stabbing her husband in an unprovoked attack has been jailed for nine years.

Adam Burnside repeatedly stabbed his step-father during a violent altercation at his parents’ home on Yarm Road, Darlington, in January this year.

The attack, which left his step-father fighting for his life, took place in front of Burnside’s mother, who sadly collapsed and died as a result of the stress caused by the incident.

45-year-old Burnside admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article in relation to the attack on his step-father.

He denied the manslaughter of his mother, but was found guilty following a trial at Teesside Crown Court, where he was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Green, who led the investigation, said: “This was a pointless and violent knife attack by Burnside on his step-father, which not only left him with life-threatening injuries, but also brought about the stress that killed his mother.

“I am pleased that Burnside admitted the attack on his step-father, and that the jury convicted him of the manslaughter of his mother.

“The sentence that has been passed will give Burnside the time to reflect on his dreadful actions, the consequences of which he will have to live with for the rest of his life.

“I would like to thank the investigation team and the Crown Prosecution Service who have all worked extremely hard to pursue the manslaughter charge in difficult circumstances.”