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Man jailed for 24 years after attempting to murder parents

James Richardson

A man who attempted to kill his parents earlier this year was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on Monday 22 November.

James Richardson, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at a hearing last week after attacking and injuring his parents at a residential address in Yatton, North Somerset, on Saturday 10 April.

The 34-year-old used a crowbar to injure his parents, who are both in their 60s, before fleeing the scene.

A significant police operation, which included firearms officers, was carried out to apprehend Richardson, who was arrested in Kewstoke a few hours later.

Richardson’s father has recovered from the physical injuries he sustained, but Richardson’s mother continues to require care after sustaining a significant brain injury.

Richardson pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder. He also admitting assaulting a police officer, after throwing a hot drink at a PC, causing no injury.

A psychiatric report was conducted ahead of the hearing at Bristol Crown Court, where Richardson was given a 29-year sentence, with 24 years in custody, plus a further five years on licence. His sentence will comprise of both psychiatric treatment and a custodial sentence.

DC Lucy Hastings-Knott, officer in the case, said: “James Richardson’s violent actions that day have caused devastation for his parents and siblings, whose lives have been turned upside down.

“There is no doubt he tried to commit murder and it’s only down to excellent medical care and a degree of luck that fortunately neither of them died.”