Father who murdered two-year-old son before failing to kill himself is jailed for life

A 'controlling' father who murdered his two-year-old son before a failed suicide attempt was jailed for life today.

Andrew McIntyre, 39, claimed he planned to kill himself, taking Leon with him, because the child's mother could not cope on her own, Leicester Crown Court was told.

He was 'an adoring father' but tried to control everything about his 'little man', from what he ate and the clothes he wore to how he had his hair cut, the court heard.

Andrew McIntyre
Leon McIntyre

'Controlling': Andrew McIntyre, left, will have to spend at least 16 years behind bars after murdering his two-year-old son Leon, right

McIntyre, a sufferer of depression and an ex-cannabis user, was having paranoid thoughts in the days before Leon's death on the night of October 4 and 5 last year.

He had stopped taking his medication and was drinking heavily, the court was told.

As Leon's mother, Marie Tuckey, slept on the sofa, the defendant smothered his son with a pillow as he lay in bed before taking an overdose of pills and slashing his wrists.

A suicide note found in the house read: 'Marie, Leon's with me now and no one can take him away. You know why I did this. Sorry.'

But McIntyre survived and in the early hours of October 5, at the home Leon shared with his mother in Beaumont Leys, Leicester, he woke Miss Tuckey to calmly tell her their son was dead.

The former builder, of Winstanley Drive, Leicester, was arrested and later pleaded guilty to murdering his son.

Sentencing him to a minimum of 16 years behind bars, Judge Michael Pert QC told him: 'An aggravating factor is that your victim was a defenceless child. I have to take into account that there are aspects of your mental health that do impinge on this case.'