A dad has been jailed for seven years after he shot and stabbed his son following a row over who would pay for a pizza.
Darren Moses, 49, hit Ashton Moses, 21, in the arm and the stomach with a hunting rifle, on 21 October, last year.
A court heard how Darren had been arguing with his partner Lynette Lamb over payment for a takeaway meal, when son Ashton stepped in to break them apart.
Darren then suffered ‘a moment on madness’ and picked up his hunting rifle and aimed it at his son. Swansea Crown Court heard how Ashton was shot in the arm, and as he tried to flee, his father slashed him in the neck with a knife.
Darren then followed his son from the family home in Hirwaun, South Wales, and shot him in the stomach. Ashton was taken to hospital and treated by paramedics. Darren then turned the gun and shot himself in the chin.
Police found him bleeding heavily at a neighbour’s home, where he told them: ‘My son hit me in the head so I shot him and I shot myself.’
Judge Paul Thomas told him: ‘This started from a wholly, mundane, domestic tiff over whose turn it was to pay for a takeaway. ‘You reacted with great anger and in a grotesque way you shot your own son in the stomach. ‘You followed that up by stabbing him in the neck with a craft knife, then shot him again in the arm.
house ‘It was a sustained attack on your own son which was terrifying for Ashton, his mother, other family members and neighbours.’
Darren admitted causing actual bodily harm to his son and the court heard that his son and partner had forgiven him. Judge Thomas described Ashton’s forgiveness of this father as ‘a tribute to him and the forgiving nature of human beings’.
Andrew Taylor, defending, said: ‘This was a moment of madness,’ and said the family did not want him jailed. But Judge Paul Thomas said Darren was ‘potentially dangerous’ and sentenced him to seven years.