Morphine pill father jailed for killing son
A drug addict father has been jailed for four years after he killed his 13-year-old son with a morphine tablet.
Kevin Morton (49) passed the medication to Kye Backhouse when the youngster complained he had a headache and could not sleep last October.
He found the teenager "motionless" on the settee at his flat in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, the following morning and paramedics pronounced him dead after they were called to the address by the defendant.
Morton had illegally obtained the prescription drug Zomorph, and was a regular self-medicator with a dependence on painkillers and psychoactive substances.
He told police that he thought a stronger tablet would help his son and he did not want to go to the shops because it was raining and he was wearing pyjamas.
Judge Anthony Russell told the defendant: "The message must go out that giving dangerous drugs to others without them being specifically prescribed, whatever the motive, is criminal, potentially very harmful and will result in severe punishment."