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Neston man jailed for life after murdering his dad

By Mary Wells

A man from Neston has been jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering his father.

On Wednesday 12 December Daniel Renshaw was convicted of the murder of Graham Renshaw following a seven-day trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

The 27-year-old, who lived alone in a flat on Drake Road in Neston, returned to the court for sentencing yesterday.

He was handed a life sentence and must serve a minimum of 16 years.

During the trial the court heard that Renshaw had been visiting his parents and older brother at their home on Seymour Drive in Ellesmere Port on 13 June.

He had been drinking alcohol during the day and his brother noticed that he was acting in a strange way.

Renshaw’s brother had gone to bed at around 9pm and their mum did so shortly after, leaving Renshaw and their dad, 52, downstairs.

Just after midnight on 14 June Renshaw’s brother was woken up by the sound of their dad screaming.

He raced downstairs and went into the conservatory, where he saw their dad sitting on the sofa having been repeatedly stabbed in the chest and head.

Renshaw was stood over him with a kitchen knife in his right hand and his brother noticed a second knife on the sofa.

His brother shouted for their mum, who called emergency services, as he desperately tried to help their dad, who was bleeding heavily.

Police and paramedics quickly arrived at the house and Graham was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Despite the best efforts of all those involved, Graham’s injuries were too severe and he died at 1.20am.

A post-mortem examination revealed that he had been stabbed a total of 19 times.

Renshaw was immediately arrested at the house and was charged with murder on 16 June.

Detective Sergeant Steve Currie, from Cheshire Police’s Major Investigations Team, said: “We will never know why Renshaw brutally attacked his dad that night.

“His actions were vicious and shocking and have ripped a loving family apart.

“They have shown great courage and dignity throughout the investigation and the trial – they have had to relive what happened that day and it has been a traumatic experience for them.

“This has been a challenging investigation, and whilst we are pleased with the successful conclusion of this case it is clear that there are no winners.

“The Renshaw family have not only lost a loving husband and father but their son and brother now faces at least 16 years in prison.

“I just hope that at some point they are able to start rebuilding their lives after going through so much pain and grief.”

Liverpool Crown Court