Heartbroken Sheffield dad grieves loss of wife and son

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MARGARET Hobson’s heartbroken husband Michael paid tribute to his beloved wife after seeing their son detained indefinitely for killing her in a frenzied knife attack.

In a statement, Michael said the family are still coming to terms with Margaret’s loss at the hands of 32-year-old son Scott.

Michael said: “Margaret was a well-liked woman and will be missed by all of us very much.

“I would like to thank South Yorkshire Police, Victim Support, Trauma Assist and other agencies, which have helped through these difficult times.”

Tim Warburton, the Crown Prosecution Service lawyer in the case, said Scott’s mental illness was so severe he never actually confirmed or denied his involvement in the attack.

“Scott suffered severe mental health issues and could not be held responsible for his actions,” he said.

“There can be no winners in this case. The Hobson family are grieving both the loss of Margaret and a sense of loss of Scott.

“I’ve met Scott’s father on a number of occasions throughout this prosecution and have been amazed by the continued dignity demonstrated by him through this personal and tragic ordeal.”

Sheffield Crown Court heard Hobson, a former TA soldier who served in Kosovo, was a longstanding cannabis user, and that this may have contributed to his schizophrenia.

Dr Kostas Agath, medical director at drug charity Addaction, said the drugs probably worsened an existing condition, rather than being the sole cause.

“There is still discussion in professional circles around whether heavy cannabis use can be treated as a cause of such severe mental health problems,” Dr Agath said.

“However, there certainly is a consensus among experts that this heavy use can exacerbate an existing condition.”

Meanwhile Peter Wilkinson, from the Sheffield branch of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, said it is known for troops to turn to drugs to deal with psychological problems.

“It can absolutely happen, it’s one way in which it can affect them, because of the situations they’ve been in or the things they’ve seen,” Mr Wilkinson said.