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Man ‘stabbed 117 times’ as son claims he was defending himself from dad’s attack

The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering his parents have heard details of the alleged injuries suffered by Anthony Tipping and Patricia Livesey.

Home Office pathologist Dr Alison Armour carried out a post-mortem examination on Anthony Tipping and recorded a minimum of 117 alleged stab wounds.

She told the court that Mr Tipping had defensive injuries to his arms, and stab wounds to his head, chest, neck and abdomen – many of which had penetrated internal organs.

He also had knife wounds to his genitalia, which the doctor told the court were inflicted after he died, Lancs Live reports.

She also noted singeing to his facial area, claimed to be consistent with a flammable substance being set alight.

Dr Armour told the court Mr Tipping died from the combined effects of these injuries.

Dr Jonathan Metcalfe carried out a post mortem examination on Patricia Livesey. He found multiple alleged stab wounds, including alleged injuries to Ms Livesey’s eyes.

Dr Metcalfe also said he had seen photographs of the injuries to Lee Tipping’s hands, which he said were unlikely to be defensive wounds.

A more likely explanation was that the knife had slipped during the course of an attack, he told the court.

On November 22, Lee Tipping was taken from the custody suite at Preston Police Station to Guild Lodge mental health facility.

On arrival, he explained he was in police custody because he was “just defending myself. Self defence. My dad was trying to attack me and I attacked first. Basically I killed him.”

He said he attacked his dad in self defence and panicked when his mum tried to confront him as he tried to leave the house.

On December 15, 2021, Tipping was returned to Preston Police Station to be interviewed about the events of November 19, 2021.

The jury was shown the recorded interviews in which Tipping said he had fought with his dad when his parents returned from the pub.

Tipping told police his father was ‘a dirty fighter’ who would ‘fight to the death.’ He said his father had caused injuries to his hands during the fight so he had taken the knife from him and attacked him.

He told officers his dad had bullied him all his life and made him feel worthless.

“He thought he could outsmart anyone, the law, people who are richer than him, he always thought he was better,” he said.

During the interview Tipping claimed he only intended to render his father unconscious so he could leave the house and get away from him.

He said he threw a medicine ball at Mr Tipping and used a cannister and lighter to keep him back.

After killing his father he said his mum confronted him at the top of the stairs and tried to obstruct him from leaving.

Tipping said his mum would call the police and testify against him. He said he stabbed her once and thought “I may as well go through with it”.

“Nothing was planned, nothing was staged, it wasn’t set out like a trap,” he said.

After killing his parents Tipping told officers he washed the knife before placing it in his father’s hand. When police arrived at the scene they found the weapon, pointing upwards.

On the fifth day of the trial, the jury also heard from Karen Dirkin, a community mental health nurse who saw Tipping weekly from 2009 to 2016.

She said the defendant had complex mental health with diagnoses of paranoid schizophrenia, OCD, anxiety, and potentially Aspergers – although the final condition had not been formally diagnosed.

During that time Tipping was stable on Clozapine, a type of medication used for treatment resistant schizophrenia. Ms Dirkin said Tipping’s parents did their best for him and wanted him to continue living at home.

The nurse said Tipping never showed any signs of aggression but would become unsettled by changes to his routine.

A few years after she stopped working with Tipping, Ms Dirkin said she saw him in a pub. He told her he had changed his medication and seemed ‘animated’. At the time it was good to see, she said.

Tipping’s driving instructor, Russell Chamberlain also gave a statement, saying the new driver had taken 107 lessons before passing his test the first time on October 29 2021.

He said Tipping left the test centre ‘elated’ and told him he was going to change his life.

The case will continue on Wednesday June 14.

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