A grieving father tried to kill a man he blamed for his son’s death in an ‘eye for an eye’ attack with a machete, a court heard yesterday.
Samson Price, 48, nearly managed to kill Patrick Brown in the ‘pre-planned’ attack outside a gym in Northwich, Cheshire in September 2021, Chester Crown Court was told.
Price allegedly stalked Mr Brown with a tracker for days as he blamed him for the death of his son Samson Jr., 18, who drowned in a pond in Wigan in October 2020.
Samson Price (pictured in handcuffs), 48, carried out an ‘eye for an eye’ attack on Patrick Brown, 21, whom he blamed for the death of his son Samson Jr.
Samson Price Jr., 18, was found drowned in a lake in Wigan in October 2020 after being there with three friends, including Brown
Brown, who was 20 at the time of the attack, was ‘millimeters away from bleeding to death’ following the machete attack in Northwich, Cheshire, in September 2021
He lay in wait for Mr Brown outside the PureGym in Northwich, raining five to six blows on his body in broad daylight as the horrified gym users watched.
Mr Brown, who was 20 at the time of the attack, was ‘millimeters away from bleeding to death’ but was saved by ‘sheer luck’ and very prompt medical treatment after gym users called emergency services.
Price, a father of two, was angry that police had failed to prosecute Brown, who was 19 at the time, and two others for murder following Samson’s death the previous October.
They had been arrested on suspicion of murder after the friends went to a lake called Westwood Flash in Wigan to take the hallucinogenic drug LSD.
The jury was told that Brown said they were camping and that Samson Price Jr. started behaving strangely and went missing. He was later found drowned.
The jury was told no charges had been brought and police told the Price family in March 2021 that Samson’s death was an accident which left the family “very angry”.
Price and his wife Rosanna (pictured with Samson Jr.) had “made it clear to police that they believed the people arrested were responsible for their son’s death”
Price told his wife that he thought he had died after his son’s death (pictured Price with his son Samson Jnr)
Prosecutor Simon Mills told the court: ‘This was a pre-planned attack on Mr Brown as he emerged from the gym where Price had been waiting with his weapon concealed from his person.
“He came very close to achieving his goal of killing Patrick Brown. He inflicted numerous blows to his head, face, back and arms. He may have thought he had done enough to kill Patrick Brown.
He ran away and remained at large for three weeks before finally turning himself in to a police station in Wakefield, Yorkshire.
“The defendant had a motive for carrying out this deadly attack. He blames Patrick Broiwn for his son’s death and was angry that the police did not prosecute him for it.
“The Public Prosecution Service states that this was an eye for an eye.”
Price accepts the attack on Brown, but denies that he intended to kill him. He has admitted grievous bodily harm with intent but has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder. The plea is not accepted by the public prosecutor.
Samson’s parents showed the “understandable grief and raw emotion of a grieving mother and father” in messages the couple exchanged in the weeks before the attack
Mills said Price and his wife Rosanna had “made it clear to police that they believed those arrested were responsible for their son’s death.”
He said the “understandable grief and raw emotion of a grieving mother and father” was reflected in the messages the couple exchanged in the weeks before the attack.
Price told his wife that he thought he had died after his son’s death.
He wrote, “These feelings are the hardest to deal with. Nothing will bring him back. It’s the futility, the dishonesty and the injustice of it.’
His wife wrote back, “We should row and worry about him going to all those festivals. I can’t get it into my head that he’s not here and I’ll never hear his voice.’
Added Price: “We have nothing left to look forward to. I consider myself to have died with Samson and I honestly don’t care what happens to me anymore.”
His wife tried to “pull him around” by reminding him that their daughter Atlanta needed him.
Price replied, “I’m not going to harm myself.” I will most likely try to harm others. I don’t think I can handle the birthday. I don’t see myself dealing with that. Not that.’
Price denies attempted murder. The process continues.