Wigan: Father attacked man with machete after blaming him for son’s death

The grieving father tried to kill the man he blamed for his son's death by drowning

The grieving father tried to kill the man he blamed for his son’s drowning (Image: Andrew Price/ View Finder Pictures)

A man has been left millimeters from death after facing a revenge attack from a grieving father, a court has heard.

Samson Price, 48, brought a machete to Patrick Brown outside a PureGym in Northwich, Cheshire, after chasing him with a tracker in September 2021.

He blamed Brown for the death of his son Samson Price Jr., 18, who drowned in a pond in Wigan a year earlier after it was believed he had taken LSD.

Police concluded his death was an accident, but his father refused to accept it and grew resentful after Brown and two others were released without charge.

At the opening of the trial, a jury overheard Price lying in wait outside the gym before raining five to six punches on his victim.

Before the attack, he had purchased a 16-inch machete and an electronic tracking device, which he used to locate Brown.

Facebook Collect from open site. Collect picture by Andrew Price / View Finder Pictures - Chester. 07 774 611 778. Caption: Samson Price (Junior) who was found dead in a lake. He was believed to have been murdered, but no charges were brought. His father, Samson Price (senior), mounted a revenge attack on Patrick Brown, who was with his son at the time. Watch the story of Andy Russell from Chester Crown Court ???

Samson Price Jr drowned in a lake in Wigan after traveling there with friends (Image: Facebook)

Image copyright Andrew Price / View Finder Pictures - Chester. 07 774 611 778. Picture taken 300123. Samson Price (right) arrives at Chester Crown Court in handcuffs. Charged with the attempted murder of Patrick Brown, who is believed to have been involved in the death of Samson Price's son. revenge attack??? See story by Andy Russell???

Samson Price Sr (R) blamed his son’s friend for his death and attempted to kill him with a machete in a ‘revenge attack’ (Image: Andrew Price/View Finder Pictures)

When they confronted him outside the gym, jurors overheard Price chasing Brown as he yelled “I’ll kill you” while his victim pleaded for mercy and claimed he “did nothing.”

Brown was “millimeters from death” after sustaining wounds to his head, face, back, one of his arms and his right leg.

One of the blows severed his femur and narrowly missed a major artery – causing him to bleed to death within minutes, doctors said.

Price ran away after the attack and was at large for three weeks before finally turning himself in at a Yorkshire police station, the court heard.

Prosecutor Simon Mills said: “Samson Price planned to kill Patrick Brown and he came very close to succeeding.

“Patrick Brown’s survival was a matter of sheer luck and prompt medical care.”

Mr Mills said that Price and his wife Rosanna “made it clear to police that they believed those arrested were responsible for their son’s death”.

Image copyright Andrew Price / View Finder Pictures - Chester. 07 774 611 778. Picture taken 280222. Caption: Victim, Patrick Brown, who was attacked with a machete by Samson Price (Senior) after Samson's son was murdered. Patrick Brown was questioned about the murder of Samson Price (Junior), but no charges were brought. See story by Andy Russell.

Patrick Brown was attacked by Price Sr outside a gym and was inches from death (Image: Andrew Price / View Finder Pictures)

He said that the “understandable grief and raw emotions of a grieving mother and father” were shown in messages the couple exchanged in the weeks leading up to the attack.

Price told his wife he considered himself dead after the death of his son.

He wrote: “These feelings are the hardest to deal with. Nothing brings him back. It’s the futility, the unfairness and the injustice of it.’

His wife wrote back: “We should be rowing and worrying about him going to all these festivals. I can’t imagine that he’s not here and I’ll never hear his voice.’

Price added: “We have nothing left to look forward to. I consider myself dead with Samson and honestly I don’t care what happens to me.’

The defendant admitted to intentionally causing serious bodily harm, but pleaded not guilty to attempted murder. The process goes on.

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