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Michael Skeffington jailed for stabbing son to death in Salford

Michael Skeffington
Image caption Michael Skeffington stabbed his son during an argument

A man has been jailed after stabbing his son to death at a house in Salford.

Daniel Skeffington, 29, was found inside his father's house on Agnes Street, Higher Broughton, on 9 April with a single stab wound to the chest.

Michael Skeffington, 64, admitted stabbing his son during an argument and pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

He was jailed for an indeterminate sentence for public protection at Manchester Crown Court.

He was told he must serve a minimum of two-and-a-half years before being considered eligible for parole.

'Tragic circumstances'

The court heard that Michael Skeffington was due to move back to his native Republic of Ireland on the day of the stabbing.

Image caption Daniel Skeffington died later in hospital

His two sons had gone to their father's house to help him pack.

All three men had been drinking when an argument broke out between Michael Skeffington and Daniel.

Michael pulled out a kitchen knife and, as the pair struggled, Daniel was fatally stabbed in the chest.

Andy Tattersall from Greater Manchester Police said: "This is a tragic set of circumstances which resulted in Daniel's death.

"There are no winners in this case. The court heard that Michael Skeffington has had to deal with a number of issues in his life and while he was responsible for his son's death, the responsibility is diminished by these other factors."

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