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Father jailed for killing his son
Karl Melling
Karl Melling was stabbed by his father during a family row
A man who admitted stabbing his son to death has been jailed for life at Liverpool Crown Court.

Paul Melling of Holmes Street, Toxteth, pleaded guilty to murdering 20-year-old Karl Melling with a kitchen knife during a family row, the court heard.

Karl, who had gone to confront his father over an abusive phone call to his mother, was stabbed eight times.

Melling, 52, was ordered by the judge to serve a minimum of 12 years before becoming eligible to apply for parole.

Sentencing him, Mr Justice David Clarke accepted the knife had been intended for self defence.

He said: "Karl was angry, aggressive and full of drink. You did not create the final confrontation, he did and the wounds were inflicted in hot blood."

During the trial, the court heard Karl had gone to his father's house on 29 May to confront him about an abusive call his father had made earlier to his mother.

The court was told Karl had armed himself with a broken broom brush and said he was going to smash his father's car.

Tim King, QC, defending, said that Paul Melling had regretted his actions.

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