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Son jailed for murder attempt on frail father, 79, in Aberdeen

A son who stabbed his 79-year-old father in Aberdeen has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Robert McNolty, 50, admitted the attempted murder of his father James in Loch Street in March last year.

Judge Lord Turnbull, at the High Court in Glasgow, told McNolty: "You stabbed your father - a frail 79-year-old - six times in the abdomen. It is surprising you did not kill him."

His father died in a nursing home six months later.

McNolty was arrested in a nearby pub and said: "I just stabbed him with a stupid knife. I don't know why it happened."

Defence counsel Jonathan Crowe said: "Mr McNolty says he is devastated by the effect this has had on his family. He apologised to the rest of his family for the devastation he has caused."

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