‘Years of animus’ led son to nearly kill father in 2018 Stoney Creek stabbing

News Nov 18, 2019 by Nicole O'Reilly The Hamilton Spectator

Adam Wiatrowski nearly killed his father when he stabbed him multiple times in the kitchen of his family's McNeilly Road home on Thanksgiving Monday in 2018.

The attack, which saw Ted Wiatrowski stabbed to his back, ribs, face, mouth and shoulder, only ended when Adam's mother came downstairs and intervened.

Yet despite the devastation that day caused, it also gave the family a unique opportunity to reflect on their own "individual demons" and reconcile, the Ontario Court of Justice in Hamilton heard.

"This family collectively has hit rock bottom and ... There has been a lot of reflection," Adam's lawyer Sandee Smordin said during a sentencing hearing Friday.

"The family, effectively through this, as unique as this sounds, they have come to almost a reconciliation. This has united the family."

Adam Wiatrowski was arrested the day of the stabbing and has remained in custody ever since. He confessed to police and then pleaded guilty to attempted murder in June.

Justice Joe Fiorucci sentenced the 26-year-old to six years in prison, less time served in pretrial custody; he was given credit for 20 months and four days.

Fiorucci noted that the stabbing was not planned, but "appears to be the culmination of years of animus between father and son."

Adam has admitted drug and alcohol abuse, and has mental health issues, but his psychiatric condition was not found to be the cause of the attack.

"This was not a break from reality for Mr. Wiatrowski, he had an intent to take the life of his father," said Crown attorney Craig Fraser, who had asked for a nine-year sentence.

Adam had a "significant degree of animus" toward his father, as a result of a "dysfunctional relationship," he said.

Ted Wiatrowski was hospitalized for three weeks following the attack and required five surgeries. He lost the use of his right hand and has limited lung capacity.

During the hearing, Adam stood and apologized to his family.

His lawyer said Adam has the support of his family and is willing to go to counselling for mental health and addiction issues.

He is a first-time offender.

Smordin noted that his father doesn't blame his son for what happened. The family wanted him charged with aggravated assault, not attempted murder. She asked for a four-year sentence.

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‘Years of animus’ led son to nearly kill father in 2018 Stoney Creek stabbing

Adam Wiatrowski, 26, sentenced to six years for attempted murder

News Nov 18, 2019 by Nicole O'Reilly The Hamilton Spectator

Adam Wiatrowski nearly killed his father when he stabbed him multiple times in the kitchen of his family's McNeilly Road home on Thanksgiving Monday in 2018.

The attack, which saw Ted Wiatrowski stabbed to his back, ribs, face, mouth and shoulder, only ended when Adam's mother came downstairs and intervened.

Yet despite the devastation that day caused, it also gave the family a unique opportunity to reflect on their own "individual demons" and reconcile, the Ontario Court of Justice in Hamilton heard.

"This family collectively has hit rock bottom and ... There has been a lot of reflection," Adam's lawyer Sandee Smordin said during a sentencing hearing Friday.

"The family, effectively through this, as unique as this sounds, they have come to almost a reconciliation. This has united the family."

Adam Wiatrowski was arrested the day of the stabbing and has remained in custody ever since. He confessed to police and then pleaded guilty to attempted murder in June.

Justice Joe Fiorucci sentenced the 26-year-old to six years in prison, less time served in pretrial custody; he was given credit for 20 months and four days.

Fiorucci noted that the stabbing was not planned, but "appears to be the culmination of years of animus between father and son."

Adam has admitted drug and alcohol abuse, and has mental health issues, but his psychiatric condition was not found to be the cause of the attack.

"This was not a break from reality for Mr. Wiatrowski, he had an intent to take the life of his father," said Crown attorney Craig Fraser, who had asked for a nine-year sentence.

Adam had a "significant degree of animus" toward his father, as a result of a "dysfunctional relationship," he said.

Ted Wiatrowski was hospitalized for three weeks following the attack and required five surgeries. He lost the use of his right hand and has limited lung capacity.

During the hearing, Adam stood and apologized to his family.

His lawyer said Adam has the support of his family and is willing to go to counselling for mental health and addiction issues.

He is a first-time offender.

Smordin noted that his father doesn't blame his son for what happened. The family wanted him charged with aggravated assault, not attempted murder. She asked for a four-year sentence.

noreilly@thespec.com

905-526-3199 | @NicoleatTheSpec

noreilly@thespec.com

905-526-3199 | @NicoleatTheSpec

‘Years of animus’ led son to nearly kill father in 2018 Stoney Creek stabbing

Adam Wiatrowski, 26, sentenced to six years for attempted murder

News Nov 18, 2019 by Nicole O'Reilly The Hamilton Spectator

Adam Wiatrowski nearly killed his father when he stabbed him multiple times in the kitchen of his family's McNeilly Road home on Thanksgiving Monday in 2018.

The attack, which saw Ted Wiatrowski stabbed to his back, ribs, face, mouth and shoulder, only ended when Adam's mother came downstairs and intervened.

Yet despite the devastation that day caused, it also gave the family a unique opportunity to reflect on their own "individual demons" and reconcile, the Ontario Court of Justice in Hamilton heard.

"This family collectively has hit rock bottom and ... There has been a lot of reflection," Adam's lawyer Sandee Smordin said during a sentencing hearing Friday.

"The family, effectively through this, as unique as this sounds, they have come to almost a reconciliation. This has united the family."

Adam Wiatrowski was arrested the day of the stabbing and has remained in custody ever since. He confessed to police and then pleaded guilty to attempted murder in June.

Justice Joe Fiorucci sentenced the 26-year-old to six years in prison, less time served in pretrial custody; he was given credit for 20 months and four days.

Fiorucci noted that the stabbing was not planned, but "appears to be the culmination of years of animus between father and son."

Adam has admitted drug and alcohol abuse, and has mental health issues, but his psychiatric condition was not found to be the cause of the attack.

"This was not a break from reality for Mr. Wiatrowski, he had an intent to take the life of his father," said Crown attorney Craig Fraser, who had asked for a nine-year sentence.

Adam had a "significant degree of animus" toward his father, as a result of a "dysfunctional relationship," he said.

Ted Wiatrowski was hospitalized for three weeks following the attack and required five surgeries. He lost the use of his right hand and has limited lung capacity.

During the hearing, Adam stood and apologized to his family.

His lawyer said Adam has the support of his family and is willing to go to counselling for mental health and addiction issues.

He is a first-time offender.

Smordin noted that his father doesn't blame his son for what happened. The family wanted him charged with aggravated assault, not attempted murder. She asked for a four-year sentence.

noreilly@thespec.com

905-526-3199 | @NicoleatTheSpec

noreilly@thespec.com

905-526-3199 | @NicoleatTheSpec