CCTV footage worn by police captures the moment when a murderer appeared to be in a daze when he was arrested by police, just minutes after a deadly attack on his son’s grandfather.
James Rutherford, 37, overpowered Andrew Saint, 64, and knocked him to the ground before kicking him in the head when he showed up at his door in Bedlington, Northumberland in February.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that Mr Saint was ‘furious’ about an earlier confrontation involving his daughter Toni Saint and Rutherford at her home. He went to Rutherford’s house to talk to him about it.
During the ensuing violence, Mr. Saint suffered a devastating brain injury and died in hospital three weeks later.
Rutherford, who was initially arrested for assault, was caught on a police-carried camera while being led away from the scene of the fatal attack.
A video has appeared with James Rutherford after he was arrested for the attack on Andrew Saint, who later died
He is now in prison for nine years. In a victim statement, Toni said, “I can’t believe my father died as a result of James’ actions.
‘I am devastated by the loss of my father and also devastated that (my son’s) father killed his grandfather. How does a child understand that?
Rutherford (pictured) has been sentenced to nine years in prison at Newcastle Crown Court
‘Every time I close my eyes, I see my father. My last memory is that he was in the hospital knowing he would never come home. My father can never be replaced, he was my hero.
‘He would do anything for me and my kids. He was in love with his grandchildren. ‘
In a victim impact statement, Andrew’s wife of 30 years, Janice, said her husband’s death left a huge void in her life.
Mrs. Saint last saw her husband when he left the house to visit the supermarket to pick up food for packed lunches. While away he decided to visit Rutherford and never returned.
The statement read, “Every day I get up and face the fact that Andrew is gone. This is difficult when we spent almost every day of our married life together. My whole daily routine has changed since his death and I struggle to deal with this every day. I still have a hard time understanding everything.
Whatever punishment James Rutherford gets, it will never compensate me for the loss of my husband, the loss of a father, and the loss of a grandfather.
“This has destroyed and destroyed me, I can continue my daily routine and suddenly burst into tears thinking about Andrew and our time together.”
Rutherford, whose allegation that Mr Saint had confronted him with a knife, was dismissed, was convicted of manslaughter after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
Jurors have cleared him of murder.
Rutherford, whose allegation that Mr Saint (pictured) had confronted him with a knife, was dismissed, was convicted of manslaughter after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
John Elvidge QC, defensively, said Rutherford will have to “ come to terms ” with the fact that he killed his own son’s grandfather. In the photo Rutherford at the time of his arrest
Judge Penny Moreland sentenced Rutherford to nine years behind bars. The judge said Rutherford was a “tall, strong man,” while Mr. Saint was a “short man in his sixties in poor health.”
Judge Moreland told Rutherford, “You easily overpowered him, you knocked him to the ground and then, I am satisfied, you kicked him in the head at least once.”
John Elvidge QC, defensively, said Rutherford will “ have to come to terms ” with the fact that he killed his own son’s grandfather.
Mr. Elvidge added that there was no premeditation, adding, “He regrets the consequences of his actions.”
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Ed Small of Northumbria Police’s Homicide and Major Inquiry Team added: “This was a disturbing case for Mr. Saint’s family and I welcome the jury’s verdict.
This is a tragic incident that will forever affect the lives of everyone involved. The impact of Andreas’s death on the Saint family was extremely devastating, and they have shown nothing but courage and dignity during these court proceedings. I hope this statement brings them one step closer to the close they deserve. ‘