A court in Wales has heard that a son brutally stabbed his father to death during a trivial row over broadband speed.

55-year old Stephen Gallagher repeatedly stabbed his 76-year old father Thomas Gallagher - a native of Achill, Co Mayo - more than a dozen times with a knife after losing his temper.

Swansea Crown Court heard the murder took place at the home they shared in Wales on September 10th last year, and afterwards Stephen Gallagher phoned emergency services and confessed to the telephone operator.

The Irish Independent reports that a post-mortem examination found Thomas Gallagher had been stabbed more than a dozen times in the chest, back and neck.

The court heard the defendant may be suffering from a form of non-full diagnosed autism, and further investigations are ongoing.

Stephen Gallagher had pleaded guilty to murder at an earlier hearing.

Judge Paul Thomas QC jailed Mr Gallagher for life, and said he would have to serve a minimum of 13 years and 4 months of imprisonment.

 

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