Whiston Man Jailed for Three Years for Killing Abusive Stepfather
A Whiston man has been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for the manslaughter of the man who abused him and his mother.
Nathan Kenny, 33 (left), ran over his former stepdad, Michael Fennah (below), on Scott Avenue, Whiston, on 17 December 2013.
Fennah, 52, died from head injuries.
Kenny was arrested on the same day. He later denied murder but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter earlier this week.
Fennah had married Kenny’s mother when Kenny was 13.
During the brief marriage, Fennah abused both the mother and her son, including sexually, and continued to taunt and terrify them long after the relationship ended.
Defending lawyers said Kenny was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, an argument supported by two psychiatrists and accepted by the prosecution and judge.
On 16 December last year, his niece had received a Christmas card from Fennah’s son, which Kenny believed was in Fennah’s handwriting.
The incident triggered fear and anger in Kenny, and the following day he hit Fennah in his car, then ran over him.
Passing sentence at Liverpool Crown Court today, Friday 16 May, judge David Aubrey QC said he accepted that childhood abuse at Fennah’s hands had left Kenny suffering “extreme pain, shame and humiliation.”
The judge told the defendant he had reacted because of “things said and done to you which were of an extremely grave character and which caused you to have a justifiable sense of being severely wronged.”
Kenny’s family applauded when the sentence of three years was announced.