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Ex-soldier killed 10-year-old son ‘to save him from evil’

‘Incredibly brave’ schoolboy, 10, ‘sacrificed himself’ to protect girl, eight, from his knife-wielding ex-soldier father, 39, despite already being stabbed six times in the frenzy

  • Former soldier admits killing sleeping son and trying to murder another child 
  • Karl Morris, 38, then stabbed himself five times and leapt out of a window
  • Attacks took place in early hours last year at flat in Coupar Angus, Perthshire
  • Morris admitted culpable homicide on the basis of diminished responsibility 

Kane Morris ‘sacrificed his life’ to save the eight-year-old girl, according to his mother

A ten-year-old boy is said to have ‘sacrificed his life’ to protect an eight-year-old girl from his knife-wielding father despite being stabbed six times.

Karl Morris, 38, who goes by the name Andrew, has admitted killing his sleeping son Kane and attempting to murder another child to save them from ‘evil’.

The killer then stabbed himself five times and leapt out of a third-floor window in the early hours of November 11 last year at a flat in Coupar Angus, Perthshire.

The former soldier was originally charged with murdering his son Kane.

But prosecutor Alex Prentice, QC, at the High Court in Glasgow accepted a plea of guilty to culpable homicide on the basis of diminished responsibility.

Morris also admitted attempting to murder an eight-year-old girl.

Kane’s mother Laura Gillie last night told of her agony and said: ‘I can never change the outcome of that horrendous night and never once believed that anyone in this world was capable of such a cruel act, and most certainly not someone I had loved and was once married too.

Andrew Morris, picture outside Perth Sherriff Court on November 30 last year, has admitted killing his sleeping son Kane and attempting to murder another child to save them from ‘evil’

‘I’m riddled with endless guilt for not protecting Kane and I feel I have failed as a parent on the highest level possible.

‘In my eyes Kane has proved to be the bravest person I have ever known and sacrificed his life to save the other girl. 

‘Since that terrible night I have feelings of anger, hatred and disgust I never thought were possible but mostly towards myself for my failure to protect my beautiful baby.’

The court heard that when questioned by detectives, Morris told them: ‘I was taking them to a better place away from evil.’ He later said: ‘I’ve done a horrible thing.’

Mr Prentice said Kane was stabbed six times. The boy went to try to help the girl before collapsing with fatal injuries.

Morris is in the State Hospital at Carstairs, Lanarkshire, under a treatment order and will be sentenced in August. 


Kane went to try to help the girl at the flat in Perthshire before collapsing with fatal injuries.

Yesterday, judge Lord Mulholland told him: ‘You pleaded guilty to horrific actions.

‘Kane showed incredible bravery and self-sacrifice. The eight-year-old girl showed incredible bravery.’

Members of Kane’s family were in court and sobbed as the facts were read out. Morris also cried in the dock.

Mr Prentice said: ‘In the course of a meeting with psychiatrists, the accused stated he acted to protect himself and his family from some impending, but otherwise unspecified, mortal danger.’

The girl suffered a collapsed lung and had to spend four weeks in hospital.

The court heard Morris, who was in the Army for five years, struggled to cope after his stepfather died in an accident at the family farm last year.

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