Man locked up after he stabbed dad

Simon Batley.
Simon Batley.

A MAN who stabbed his dad and punched a woman in a drunken attack has been locked up indefinitely for public protection.

Simon Lee Batley, 25, had only recently been released from prison when he stabbed his father, Steven Batley, with a kitchen knife.

Leeds Crown Court heard that he had been to visit his dad at a house on Hopetown Walk in Normanton, where he rented a room from Deborah Cain.

Prosecuting, Alan Mitcheson, said: “The defendant, who had recently been released from prison on licence, visited his father at Miss Cain’s house at his father’s invitation.

“When the defendant arrived drink was consumed at the house and then father and son went for yet more alcoholic drink at the Black Swan public house in Normanton.”

When they returned to the house, just before midnight on August 7 last year, an argument broke out.

Batley’s dad threatened him with a kitchen knife.

But Batley took the knife and stabbed his dad in the stomach.

Then he turned on Miss Cain and threatened to kill her if she did not hand over her bank card.

He punched her and knocked her unconscious telling his father “there I’ve killed her”.

But he hadn’t and when she came round Batley forced her to hand over her card and pin number before fleeing.

Mr Batley was in hospital for two days and had to undergo surgery.

Miss Cain was also taken to hospital suffering cuts and bruises to her face, arms and legs.

Michael Collins, mitigating, said: “The defendant has been diagnosed with a dissocial and paranoid personality disorder.

“He is now receiving appropriate treatment and is improving in that regard.”

Batley, of Seymour Street, Thornes, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent, grievous bodily harm with intent and robbery.

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC ordered him to serve a minimum of three-and-a-half years before being considered for release.

He said: “You have a personality disorder, you have a serious drink problem and you have a propensity for violence.

“That is a dangerous combination.”

He added that in his judgement Batley posed “a significant risk to the public of death or serious personal injury”.