A NURSERY worker who stabbed her violent and controlling dad to death wept yesterday as she walked free from court.
Jessica Breeze, 20, was cleared by a jury after knifing Colin Brady, 49, in the back with an 18cm kitchen knife – which was the longest blade in their Middlesbrough home.
The young woman, who denied murder and maintained she acted in self-defence, told the court: “I didn’t want him to die.
“He was still my dad, I still love him. I didn’t want him to die, I just wanted him to stop.”
She attacked him on June 20 last year moments after he threatened to kill both her and her mum following a row, the court was told.
Both women told jurors that Mr Brady had punched and spat at them before he was killed.
Jessica had tried to flee the house by jumping from an upstairs window after her father had locked the doors, the court heard.
She said he had grabbed her and started to strangle her on a bed.
I didn’t want him to die. He was still my dad, I still love him.
The was told how the knife penetrated Mr Brady’s left lung. Paramedics took him to the nearby James Cook University Hospital but he could not be saved.
Jessica buried her head in her hands and sobbed as she was cleared of murder and an alternative count of manslaughter.
Judge Stephen Ashurst told her: “In light of the jury’s verdict you are now free to leave the building.”
Her trial was told how her dad was often violent.
Forensic psychiatrist Dr Patrick Quinn said she was “living in fear, chronic dread and anxiety” at the time of the killing.
She and her mum, Kelly, believed there was a “real threat” to their lives, Teesside Crown Court was heard.
Jessica dialled 999 and told the operator she had stabbed her dad and sobbed: “I don’t want to go to prison.”
She told cops she struck to stop her father from causing her and her mum further harm, adding: “He was trying to stab my mam.”