Son, 36, stabbed his parents to death in frenzied attack, court hears

Fearful mother said ‘this could be my last gin’ before she returned home to be stabbed to death by ‘spoilt’ son, 36, who also knifed his father more than 130 times then mutilated his genitals after he died, court hears

  • Lee Tipping, 36, is accused of stabbing his parents to death in November 2021 
  • His father, Anthony Tipping, 60, suffered ‘unusual’ injuries to his genital area
  • Mother Patricia Livesey, 57, was stabbed 153 times, including around the eyes
  • The stabbings happened hours after a row broke out over a door Lee broke down
  • ‘Spoilt’ Lee, who lived with his parents, was facing being evicted over his rages
  • Lee admits manslaughter but denies murder at a trial in Preston Crown Court
  • A terrified mother told her sister ‘this could be my last gin’ before she returned home and was stabbed to death by her son, a court has heard.

    Lee Tipping, 36, is said to have stabbed mother Patricia Livesey, 57, to death along with his father Anthony Tipping, 60,.

    Preston Crown Court heard Anthony had been stabbed more than 130 times, including at least 65 times in the chest and 15 times in the abdomen.

    And jurors were told he also suffered a number of ‘very unusual’ injuries to his genital area, believed to have been inflicted after his death.

    Lee Tipping claimed these wounds were caused by him ‘chucking’ a knife at his father, but pathologist Dr Alison Armor said this did not line up with the evidence.

    Patricia Livesey (left), 57, and Anthony Tipping, 60, were stabbed to death by their 36-year-old son, Lee Tipping, in November last year

    Patricia Livesey (left), 57, and Anthony Tipping, 60, were stabbed to death by their 36-year-old son, Lee Tipping, in November last year 

    Forensic investigators found Patricia Livesey had been stabbed 153 times, while Anthony Tipping had been stabbed over 130 times and his genitals mutilated. Pictured: Police at the scene of Patricia and Anthony's killing on November 21 2021

    Forensic investigators found Patricia Livesey had been stabbed 153 times, while Anthony Tipping had been stabbed over 130 times and his genitals mutilated. Pictured: Police at the scene of Patricia and Anthony’s killing on November 21 2021

    She told the court: ‘There are five stab wounds. Two of these stab wounds needed force to inflict.

    ‘The other wounds are caused by a slashing motion which is inconsistent with a single “chuck”.’

    The court heard Patricia had been stabbed 153 times, including 67 times in the chest, 39 in the abdomen, 10 in the neck and three times around the eyes.

    Both parents had also been beaten before they died, with Patricia suffering a black eye and a shoulder injury consistent with being hit with a blunt weapon.

    The court heard Patricia, of Higher Walton, Lancashire, had texted her sister ‘please God, I hope someone will help us’ on the night of the attack in November last year.

    On November 19, the couple went to a pub with Patricia’s sister Catherine Riding and her husband Martin.

    The court heard Anthony received a phone call from his son, who told him he had ‘kicked the bedroom door down’.

    Anthony is said to have responded: ‘You’d better f***ing not have.’

    Mr Riding said that Patricia seemed ‘anxious’ about the situation, while Mrs Riding told the court her sister seemed ‘scared to go home’.

    She said: ‘She said “this could be my last gin”.

    ‘She didn’t want to go home. She’d never really said that before. 

    ‘I asked why, and she said she just didn’t want to go home. So I knew there was something.’

    She approached Anthony about her sister’s behaviour, who told her of their plans to have their adult son leave the family home.

    But shortly after arriving home, at around 11.30pm, Patricia texted Mrs Riding: ‘OK, I’ll probably not sleep, he’s being a f***ing shit.’

    Ten minutes later, she texted: ‘Please God, I hope someone will help us.’

    Mrs Riding responded, telling Patricia to call either her or the police, but her message was not read.

    She said: ‘I was worried. Something kept telling me something wasn’t right. 

    ‘I kept telling myself it would all be all right. I didn’t want to make things worse for them.’

    The following day, when Patricia failed to arrive at her mother’s house for dinner, Mrs Riding and her other sister, Pauline Haworth, visited the house to see if she was ok.

    They found the door locked and milk still on the doorstep and made numerous unanswered phone calls to Patricia and Anthony.

    They called 999 at 1.43pm on November 20 and the couple’s bodies were found in the upstairs of the house later that day, after police broke down a side door.

    After killing his parents, Tipping booked a flight to Rome and drove to Manchester Airport, where he checked into a nearby hotel under a fake name, the court heard.

    When he was arrested at around 7.30pm on November 21, he claimed he had acted in self-defence.

    He told police his father had been ‘bullying him all his life’ and was ‘a monster’ who would ‘fight to the death’.

    He had a number of cuts to his hands, which the court heard were ‘very, very likely’ to have been caused by the knife slipping as he stabbed his parents.

    Lee Tipping, who denies murder but admits manslaughter, has a history of mental health problems and frequently had bust ups with his parents - even getting into a physical fight on Christmas Eve with his father

    Lee Tipping, who denies murder but admits manslaughter, has a history of mental health problems and frequently had bust ups with his parents – even getting into a physical fight on Christmas Eve with his father

    Martin Riding, said Tipping was ‘completely self-absorbed’, and could ‘turn at the flip of a coin’.

    He told the court: ‘There was only one person in Lee’s life. 

    ‘He was number one. If he wanted something, a new shirt or new hat, he wouldn’t get one, he’d get four or five.

    ‘He was spoilt, in my opinion. But they would give into him to have a peaceful life.’

    He said Tipping, who had a history of mental health problems, was frequently at odds with his parents, who sometimes referred to him as ‘a little sh*t’.

    The father and son once got into a fight on Christmas Eve, when family members found them grappling on the floor.

    Mr Riding told the court Anthony had once said: ‘I might be 60, but I sorted him out’ following an ‘incident’ with his son.

    Tipping admits manslaughter but denies murder.

    The trial continues.