Man beaten to death by teenage son

Man beaten to death by teenage son
Published: 2016 February 07 05:04:13 (7610 Views)

A man who was fatally beaten by his club-wielding teenage son during a booze-fueled brawl outside his ex-wife's home constantly said that his kids would be the end of him.

Dimitrios Safetis, 19, was charged with manslaughter, assault and criminal possession of a weapon for beating his father with a heavy steering-wheel lock club, cops said.

The elder Safetis, 57, was found lying unresponsive on the ground and the murder weapon nearby Friday night, cops said.

Oliver Hue, 26, who lived next door to Ioannis Safetis on 190th St., recalled his angry neighbour complaining endlessly at a high volume about his two teenage boys.

"He's just really loud, and he always talks about how his kids ruined him," Hue told the Daily News. "The one thing I keep hearing him talk about to the children is 'Why are you doing this? You ruined my life!'"

The domestic drama started when Dimitrios Safetis and his 16-year-old kid brother paid a visit to the Auburndale home of their father's former spouse, police sources said. The woman was a stepmother to the teens.

Dimitrios and his brother were partying with the woman's 20-year-old son when the siblings fell into a drunken fight, sources said.

The ex-wife called Ioannis Safetis to angrily announce, "Your sons are over here fighting."

Ioannis — already annoyed because his sons remain friendly with the ex-wife — jumped in his car and drove to the woman's Utopia Parkway home where he threatened her, his sons and her son, police sources said.

As the level of vitriol escalated, the father bolted for his car and came back waving the club.

The elder boy wrestled the deadly weapon from the father and inflicted the fatal blows, sources said.



"I saw them arguing and the next time I looked the man was (lying) in the street," a neighbour told the Daily News. "They were pumping his chest ... but I could see that it wasn't working. I was pretty sure he was dead."

Ioannis Safetis, with scratches to his face and the head trauma, was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Queens but he couldn't be saved.

Safetis wrestled the club away from his dad and beat him in the head with it, cops said.

His older son, who was arrested at the scene, was expected in court for arraignment on the charges.

One neighbour of the ex-wife described Dimitrios Safetis as "a little off. ... It's a shame now that kid's gonna go to jail for some stupidity. His life is done."

Neighbor Hue said the two sons were hardly innocents, and he often heard them talking about violence through the thin walls.

"When they have friends over, they talk about bringing a gun over and shooting someplace up," he recalled. "I thought, 'It's just high school kids being tough in front of their friends.'

"But given what happened, I don't know ... I'm worried about the children. They seem very homicidal and suicidal as well."

The next-door neighbour said Ioannis Safetis was blasting his music and looking pretty irate when the two saw each other for the last time around 7 p.m. Friday.

"He was just annoyed that my neighbours put out some decorations in their area, and he took them downstairs," Hue recalled.

Hue said the final, fatal family confrontation came with an air of inevitability.

"It doesn't surprise me," he said. "... I hope the children will be in a better place, because he's not exactly a great father to them."



Source - NYDN

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