Boy, 14, stabs his mum 15 times leaving her paralysed after “savage” attack

A teenage boy launched a savage knife attack on his mum leaving her paralysed for life, a court heard.

The 14-year-old admitted attempted murder following the horror incident at a home in Devon last year.

Adrian Chaplin, prosecuting, said the attacker, who cannot be named, asked his mum for a hug in his bedroom at around 11pm.

But he added: “It was a rare thing for him to seek.”

Exeter Crown Court heard on Friday the youth then stabbed his mum, 42, in the neck, back and arms with a five-inch kitchen blade.

She suffered around 15 stab wounds in total, it was said, and collapsed to the floor screaming for help.

The court heard that after the attack the boy said: “I should not have done that.”

The bloodied victim suffered five wounds to her neck and her spinal cord was cut leading to a paralysis of her right side.

She is now permanently disabled, the court was told.

Police arrested the boy following the incident in September last year, who showed no emotion as he asked how long you go to jail for attempted murder, it was said.

The court heard the boy has no previous convictions.

Judge Peter Johnson sentenced him to a hospital order.

He said: “It was wholly unexpected savage attack, shockingly violent and out of the blue in which you nearly killed your mother.”