Son, 27, who battered dad with hammer to protect mum says he’d do it again… even if it meant life in prison.

THE son who battered his 'Jekyll and Hyde' dad with a hammer five times to protect his mum says he would "do it again".

Ben Wilson was just 22-years-old when he attacked his "violent nasty drunk" dad Craig, who had frequently abused his mum Tracey.

 Ben Wilson was jailed for six years after attacking his dad with a hammer to defend his mother Tracey

Ben Wilson was jailed for six years after attacking his dad with a hammer to defend his mother TraceyCredit: Facebook

Ben, now 27, was released last month after serving four years of his six year sentence and has spoken out for the first time.

His dad, Craig Wilson, had threatened to "chop everybody up" with a six-inch knife, in the January 2015 attack, with Mr Wilson running into his parents' room when he heard smashing.

He then used a hammer to hit his dad at least five times, leaving him with brain damage and holes in his face.

Craig was found with a bleed on the brain along with fractures to his jaw, cheekbone, eye sockets, nose and forehead.

He is now understood to be living with his mum in the house in Billingham, Teesside, where the 2015 attack unfolded, The Mirror reported.

Speaking to the Mirror, he said: "I sacrificed myself to save my mam. I thought if I have to do prison for the rest of my life for my family, then I’m going to do it."

Mr Wilson has since shared images of himself online - showing him with stubble and tattoos on his fingers.

I sacrificed myself to save my mam. I thought if I have to do prison for the rest of my life for my family, then I’m going to do it.

Ben Wilson

His father took his own life while his son served time behind bars.

Craig Wilson sent a number of messages to his brothers before they discovered his home at his flat in November 2016.

A coroner recorded a verdict of suicide at his inquest.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC at Teesside Crown Court had reduced his sentence from 12 years to six due to the "nature of the provocation" he had faced.

The court heard the young man had snapped from years of "excessive and extreme" domestic violence at the hands of his father.

His sentence was slammed at the time, with more than 55,000 people signing a petition calling for his release.

His dad had previously been described as a "Jekyll and Hyde character" who had once been jailed for two years for assaulting his wife.

Ben said that when he was growing up he had to deal with his dad threatening to kill his family and himself.

In the 2007 attack, the then 46-year-old put both hands around his wife's neck and pressed so hard her eyes bled and she passed out.

 Mr Wilson has since shared photos of himself online

Mr Wilson has since shared photos of himself onlineCredit: Facebook

 Ben had heard smashing from his parents' room in 2015

Ben had heard smashing from his parents' room in 2015Credit: Facebook


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