A man left his mother bleeding heavily after throwing a knife at her when she turned up to clean his filthy home.
Connor Stubbs’ mum, aunt and nana arrived at his home uninvited but with good intentions but having let themselves in and begun to clean, he reacted with fury. The court heard Stubbs’ living conditions had deteriorated due to his mental health issues.
Having told them to get out, he then threw a kitchen knife at his mother from close range, causing a cut to her wrist which bled profusely and left her fearing she was going to die. Now the 28-year-old, of Lindsey Close, Cramlington, Northumberland, has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Stubbs’ mother said they’d had an “up and down” relationship with frequent arguments and he had caused damage to her home. However he had no previous convictions for assaulting her.
On November 8, his mother went to Stubbs’ home with his aunt and gran to “deal with the squalor he was living in due to his mental health issues”. Stubbs, who was still in bed, shouted at them to get out and started counting down from five to one, which has been a sign of him acting unpredictably in the past.
Having armed himself with the biggest kitchen knife from the block, he then threw it at his mum from around a metre away in what was described as an “axe-throwing motion”. She brought her hands up to protect herself and the blade cut her wrist, which bled profusely and caused her to panic that she was going to bleed out and die.
Stubbs was then seen to be armed with a smaller knife and the three women gathered their belongings and fled. When arrested, Stubbs said they had gone in uninvited and started going through his things and that he had thrown the knife as a scare tactic after losing control.
In a victim impact statement, the mum said she was scared by what happened but expressed concern for her son’s welfare and his mental health issues. She had also said prison does not help his difficulties and she does not want the offence to define the rest of his life.
Stubbs, who has three previous convictions – two for criminal damage and one for a public order offence – pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and was sentenced to 12 months suspended for 18 months with 100 hours unpaid work and a mental health treatment requirement.
Richard Herrmann, defending, said: “This is a relatively short-lived, in the heat of the moment throwing of a household knife. He has used his time in custody extremely well and has got a job in waste management with a significant level of trust.”