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Dad’s disgust as son who became ‘curse’ on parents to be ‘freed early from jail’

The dad of a sick bully sentenced to prison after terrorising his parents for more two decades has spoken of his ‘disgust’ that his malicious son will be released early.

John Harris’ tyrant son Vincent was locked up last month after becoming a ‘curse’ on his elderly parent’s lives, who were left to contend with his constant aggressive outbursts, according to Birmingham Live.

The 81-year-old says he is shocked that the 44-year-old could be freed as early as February with an electric tag, meaning he would have served just four months of two-year jail term.

The ‘broken-hearted’ father is now terrified that his ‘alcoholic’ son will defy his restraining and attempt to make contact by turning up at his Black Country home.

The 81-year-old said: “I have been told that if he agrees to be tagged, he would be coming out in February.

“To me, that’s an insult. I’m disgusted with the legal system.

“I didn’t [call the police] to get him put in jail, I just did it so he never stepped foot in this house again or anywhere near me. I don’t want to see him again.”

He added: “All we did was want to look after him but those days are gone. It’s broken my heart.

“It’s what every man wants when he gets married – a son – look what I ended up with. Our life was a living hell.

“I just want to live the rest of my life in peace, how ever long I have got left.”

Vincent Harris was jailed last month after becoming a ‘curse’ on his elderly parents’ lives.

Vincent ‘humiliated’ his parents in their home and continued with his cold-hearted bullying while his mother Patricia lay on her death bed – ‘ruining’ the couple’s last moments together.

He destroyed food, trashed household items, deliberately broke keys in doors, locked his dad out of the house and threw away the elderly man’s medication.

The former plumber made daily demands for money and hunted through his parents’ belongings to pinch cash until they were ‘bled dry’ and could barely afford to eat.

Widower John recalled on one occasion hearing an ‘almighty thump’ and quickly discovering his wife – who struggled to walk and breathe due to her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease diagnosis – hurt at the bottom of the stairs on July 7.

Vincent arrived home as paramedics were tending to his mother but he just stepped over her frail body and continued up to his room.

John said: “He did not go up to his mother, who was skin and bones, hardly breathing. He stepped over her to [get past], like stepping over a piece of dog poo in the street.

“He never said a word to her. She was on her deathbed, practically. The next day, she died.”

Patricia was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham following her fall, where she died the following day after John spent six hours at her bedside alone.

John said: “The next day, Vincent came home, he never even asked “where’s mum?”. He must have known she had been in hospital.

“He went upstairs and I called the police and then he was arrested.”

Just a week before his mother’s tragic death, Vincent had wished both of his parents dead.

John added: “She was slowly dying. His wish came true.

“Patricia knew what he was, she was just prepared to put up with it because she bore him, she carried him.

“She went to her deathbed heartbroken, thinking he didn’t care. I can’t get over it now and that’s why I won’t have anything to do with him again.

John and Patrica Harris with son Vincent as a baby.
John and Patrica Harris with son Vincent as a baby.

“People say “think of the good times you had”. I have to go back to when he was a kid. I can’t tell you the last time me and his mother laughed.”

Vincent admitted assault by beating and engaging in controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship between December 29, 2015 and July 8, 2021.

He was jailed for two years and handed a restraining order banning him from visiting his father’s home when he appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court on October 20.

The court heard Vincent ‘s campaign of cruelty also included wrecking his newly-painted bedroom walls by smearing blood and chucking lemonade on them after his father spent three days decorating.

He was repeatedly verbally abusive and physically violent towards his parents, urinated on the floor, would slam glass doors so they would break, and pinched cash including £70 his father took a fortnight to save.

Cruel Vincent also stole £1,500 his father had hidden from him after an industrial incident claim payout.

His widowed father told prosecutors how he has reluctantly disowned his son and said living with him was like ‘living with a mad dog’ and his worst enemy.

Speaking of his heartache, John recalled cooking Vincent food after his son had demanded dinner before Patricia called upstairs to say it was on the kitchen table for him.

John Harris from Wolverhampton.
John Harris from Wolverhampton.

Vincent ignored his mother’s calls, forcing her to ‘wobble’ up the stairs for seven minutes, ‘gasping’ for breath.

John said: “Then all he said was f*** off to an elderly woman who could hardly walk and breathe.

“Eventually he came downstairs, snarling at the meal. He said “I don’t want this b****y s***” and threw it in the pedal bin.”

Party animal Vincent started drinking heavily in his youth, with his father even ‘warning him’ about his habit.

Cash he callously snatched from his elderly parents was handed over to ‘loan sharks and thugs’, who would regularly beat him up when he failed to clear his debts, John said.

The widower said his other son has tried to persuade him to move to Australia, where he lives, but he cannot bear to part with his late wife’s belongings.

The couple were married for almost 60 years, with John now visiting Bushbury Crematorium every day to ‘talk to his wife’.

He said: “All our friends and relatives have died, except for a few in Australia, so we were completely on our own.

“But that suited us, we were happy. I was content with that, I didn’t need anyone else. But now she’s gone, I’m completely on my own.

“I can’t even get rid of her things. I’ve still got her slippers and glasses near her chair.

“Now with the arthritis, I can’t even lift my arm up to comb my hair or move my hand to turn a screwdriver, and I have got no one to turn to to help me out.

“As far as life goes, I’m an old man living in a house, it’s no longer a home.”

Sentencing, Judge Stephen Thomas said the bully’s ‘excessive drinking’ was to blame for his ‘prolonged and sustained campaign’.

He said: “This behaviour towards your parents and now your father, I’m told, [has been] a feature of your lives for up to 20 years.

“[It] must have ruined the latter part of their lives which they could have realistically hoped to enjoy together in peace, free from you, and in fact, with your company.

“But it was not to be. You became a curse upon them and upon their lives.”




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