Killer son jailed for life for murdering 'frail and elderly' dad in Wolverhampton street attack

David Arent, 33, murdered his 73-year-old father in a brutal street attack Credit: West Midlands Police

A man has been jailed for life after he killed his 'frail and elderly' dad in a brutal street attack.

David Arent, 33, head-butted and punched his 73-year-old father on Hordern Road in Wolverhampton on 18 September last year.

Arent was found guilty of murder at Wolverhampton Crown Court on November 16.

He was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 15 year on November 24.

Sentencing, Judge Michael Chambers KC said Arent did not intend to kill his dad but wanted to cause him 'very serious harm'. 'Intoxicated' Arent lashed out at the pensioner near his Wolverhampton home following an argument they had over the killer's refusal to bring his younger brother to the UK.

The convict 'sought out' his father before unleashing a 'deliberate and sustained assault', the judge said.

He told the court: "You were fully aware that your father was elderly and comparatively vulnerable.

"He was 73 and was described by the pathologist [as weighing] 9st and was 5ft 6in. He is seen on the photographs as being a slight, frail individual.

"On any view, he was no match for you, a tall, strapping, fit 33-year-old." There was 'no provocation' from the victim, the judge added.

Arent, of Hordern Road, Wolverhampton, denied murdering his father but instead claimed he was responsible for his manslaughter.

He gave evidence during his trial claiming he was 'angry' and lashed out at his dad over comments he made.

But jurors rejected his version of events after he stood trial on the murder charge. During his sentencing hearing, the court was told how Arent had two previous convictions for assaulting two female partners in 2016 and 2018.

Justin Rouse KC, defending, said Arent's mum visited him four times in prison while his murder trial was ongoing. Arent, who was unemployed at the time, paid for his dad's flights from Poland to the UK.

He said: "The reality is that this defendant loved his father. This was an event which, between the two of them, was wholly out of character.

"He deeply regrets the death of his father." During the trial, jurors heard how Marek was visiting his family from Poland and was staying at the home his son shared with his partner and their children just doors away from the scene of the crime.

The family had gone shopping and visited the park in the days before the murder. Arent attacked his dad on the pavement outside 286 Hordern Road, in the Whitmore Reans area of Wolverhampton, at about 11.15pm on September 18 last year.

Prosecutor Kevin Hegarty KC told how he took 'revenge' on his father after accusing him of beating his mother. The killer had bought beer in the lead-up to the attack and was seen 'having difficulty standing' as he plied himself with alcohol in the street.

Recordings from the scene revealed Arent 'shouting in Polish' and making 'threats' against his father in the lead-up to the murder. He was heard saying "I will get locked up today", "you are dead now."