A 20-year-old man who repeatedly stabbed his father during a ferocious family row was today starting a six and a half year sentence behind bars.
Micah Tallentire plunged a kitchen knife into the back, right arm and left leg of the victim, a judge heard yesterday.
Violence flared after he returned to the family home in Orchard Road, Yew Tree, Walsall after it had been made clear he was not welcome, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.
Tallentire went into the living room where he was sitting on a chair when his father rained blows down on him. He was slapped or punched at least three times on the back of the head before being ordered out of the house. Tallentire claimed he found the front door locked and got a knife from the kitchen to defend himself.
The pair clashed again and his father was stabbed up to three times in the back while also receiving wounds to the right arm, left leg and abdomen after falling to the floor.
Tallentire fled the scene following the knifing that was witnessed by his mother and younger sister, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.
He was arrested next day and the victim spent four days under treatment at Sandwell Hospital. The defendant was later convicted of wounding with intent following a trial and had been remanded in custody until yesterday for sentence.
Mr Bernard Porter, defending, told the court: “The victim accepts that he was the original aggressor and certainly assaulted the defendant on a number of occasions with punches to the head. Other members of the family were trying to pull him off the defendant while he was doing this.
“The defendant found himself trapped in the hall after finding the front door locked while trying to leave and initially armed himself with the knife to dissuade further assaults by his father but went way beyond that.”
Tallentire from Woodland Drive, Smethwick robbed a 17-year-old youth of a mobile phone and other property in an alleyway off West Bromwich High Street on July 26 while on bail for the knife attack that occured on October 28, 2011.
Judge John Warner ordered that the defendant be detained in a Young Offenders Institution for five years for the wounding, which had been denied, with a further 18 months added to the sentence for the robbery that was admitted.