Glasgow & West Scotland

John McDade jailed for killing Alexander Richardson

A son who attacked and killed the man he regarded as his father while trying to protect his mother from domestic abuse has been jailed for four years.

John McDade, 26, repeatedly punched Alexander Richardson and compressed his throat at a house in Springburn, Glasgow, on 13 June last year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how Mr Richardson later died from bleeding on the brain.

McDade was jailed after being convicted of culpable homicide.

The court heard how McDade, also from Springburn, claimed that he hit Mr Richardson, who was his mother's partner, to protect her.

'I loved him'

After being punched, Mr Richardson seemed fine and went to visit his sister's house.

But when he returned, he fell over a table in the house and hit his head after dancing with McDade's mother.

The following morning, Mr Richardson could not be woken up. McDade then told how he tried to revive Mr Richardson, saying: "I tried my best to bring him back, I loved him."

In a police interview, McDade cried as he told officers: "He's brought me up since I was a baby."

He told police that he had punched Mr Richardson a couple of times but said that Mr Richardson claimed somebody had assaulted him earlier.

Passing sentence, judge Lady Dorrian told McDade: "You have shown how remorseful you are over the death of the accused... but you have to face up to your part in his death.

"You compressed his throat, struggled with him and threw several punches. Mr Richardson was frail and in fact you said to the police that he was too frail to hit - but you did hit him."

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