Man with no arms stabbed dad with scissor blade held between his toes

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Man with no arms stabbed dad with scissor blade held between his toes



A MAN with no arms stabbed his dad with a scissor blade that he held between his toes, a court heard.
Rory O’Connor, 23, who was born without arms, knifed Kevin at their home in Cardiff, Wales last November.
Wales News Service Rory O’Connor, 23, slashed out at his dad’s stomach with the scissor blade clenched between the toes of his right foot
Cardiff Crown Court heard how the pair had rowed about the weapon shortly before the attack, which left Kevin needing major surgery.
Prosecuting lawyer Matthew Roberts said Rory had often carried the weapon since he was threatened while talking a walk through a nearby forested area.
But his parents expressed their “concerns and frustrations” about him wielding the weapon, Manchester Evening News reported.
Mr Roberts said Kevin picked up a vacuum cleaner tube, roughly one metre long, and prodded his son in the chest.
Rory, who once represented Wales in swimming and football competitions, then “struck out” with his foot, stabbing his dad in the stomach.
In a statement read out to the court, Kevin said the incident will not stop him from supporting his son.
He added that his “greatest concern” was for his son’s well-being and safety.
Kevin described the incident as “regrettable” but said he now has a greater insight into the difficulties his son is facing.
He added: “[Rory] has so much more to offer.”
Defence lawyer Andrew Davies said Rory developed depression in his late teens, and insisted he is “a young man who cannot be judged by normal standards.”
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Rory has been sentenced to a 12-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work and a rehabilitation course.
Judge Philip Harris-Jenkins described him as a “remarkable young man” who had “risen above” his significant disabilities.
He highlighted how Rory’s behaviours had changed and vulnerability had increased following the incident in the woods.
Rory is said to welcome the chance to do volunteering work as part of his sentence, as it would enable him to meet new people and gain independence.
Although he was born without arms, he is able to wash himself with his feet and carry out a number of other activities.
Wales News Service O’Connor, outside Cardiff Crown Court, has been sentenced to a 12-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work

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