A teenager has been found guilty of killing his father in their family home after an argument.
Kacey Clarke, 18, was convicted of manslaughter yesterday (Wednesday 17 April) following a trial at Leicester Crown Court. However, the jury found him not guilty of murdering Steve Clarke.
The incident took place in October last year. Police were called to the house on Southfields Drive, where they found Steve’s body in the upstairs bedroom.
Kacey had already left the house, arriving at the Leicester Royal Infirmary to receive treatment for three cuts to his arms and a small cut to his head that he suffered during the fight.
Police officers went to the hospital and arrested Kacey.
During the trial, the jury heard that Steve had separated from Kacey’s mother but had been to visit the family home on the night of his death.
While there, Steve became involved in an argument with Kacey, who then went upstairs.
Steve then took a knife from the kitchen and followed Kacey to the upstairs bedroom. A short time later, Kacey came back downstairs and immediately fled the house.
Detective Inspector Toby Fawcett-Greaves said: “This was a domestic argument that, with the use of knives, only intensified. The result was that a young man killed his own father.”
“It’s a tragic set of circumstances that has unfortunately resulted in a family being torn apart. Steve’s death has had a lifelong impact on them – both from the loss they’ve suffered and the fact that the trial has meant they have heard what happened on the night of his death in such great detail.”
Kacey Clarke will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on 24 May.