A son who violently screamed at his terrified dad and attempted to strangle him has avoided an immediate jail term.

Nathan Crutchley also urged his 72-year-old father to ‘stab’ him after he grabbed a knife, Stoke-on-TrentLive reports.

The victim finally managed to escape the home and call the police when he had driven away from the property.

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Crutchley, 33, has pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and theft.

He has now been sentenced to 20 months in prison, which was suspended for 18 months.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard that the defendant, who has mental health issues, was previously subject to a restraining order. But when it expired, he moved back in with his father.

On June 8, the dad was asleep in bed when he was suddenly awoken.

Prosecutor Elizabeth Power said: “His son came into his bedroom, stood over him and was screaming at him. It was clear the defendant was under the influence of drugs.

“He was screaming that his father didn’t love him and didn’t treat him right.”

The defendant then mentioned a gold necklace, which had been bought 30 years earlier. He warned his dad that if he didn’t give it to him, he would ‘take the f*****g lot’.

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By this time, Crutchley was screaming in the man’s face and threatening to bite his nose.

“At some point, the defendant grabbed his father by the throat and squeezed his neck with both hands. It felt like a whole minute. He was unable to breathe,” added Ms Power.

Crutchley pushed him, causing his father to hit his head.

He then let go of him, punched a door three times and then picked up the knife, begging his father to kill him. The victim refused.

Crutchley also threatened to smash a wall during the incident.

His father finally managed to get out of the house, telling his son he was going to a gym. But instead, he parked at the bottom of the road and rang the police.

His son was arrested and largely answered ‘no comment’ when interviewed by police. The gold chain was recovered from him after he was taken into custody.

Jason Holt, mitigating, said the defendant, formerly of Denby Avenue, Longton had turned to drugs to ‘self-medicate’ after the loss of a friend and his uncle.

“His mother says he’s a very caring and loving young man. He’s very close to his family,” added Mr Holt. “He realises the way forward is to seek support.”

But sentencing him, Judge David Fletcher told Crutchley: “The victim in this case is your own father. He is in his 70s. He was clearly terrified.”

As part of the suspended sentence, he must complete 20 rehabilitation activity days and will be subject to a 12-week curfew between 8pm and 6am.

A restraining order has also been imposed on Crutchley, although a friend will be allowed to collect his dogs from the family home, the court was told.