A man who was declared last year as Britain’s most “Feckless Dad” for fathering 17 children with 15 different women, has been convicted of murder for stabbing a man to death.
A judge in a British court in Edinburgh, Scotland, sentenced Jamie Cumming, who is 36 year old, to serve at least 17 years of a life sentence. The sentencing followed a murder verdict that a jury delivered in less than two hours.
The altercation that lead to the stabbing began in a bar bathroom in Dundee, Scotland, during a party for a mutual friend who was celebrating his 50th birthday. Cumming, whose mother publicly described her son last year as a sexual predator, continued to argue with his victim outside the bar. The dispute came to blows as mutual friends, including the man celebrating his birthday, tried to break up the fight. Cumming was then seen stabbing the man, whose lungs, liver, and heart were lacerated. Even though the man had been stabbed nearby a hospital in the parking lot, the emergency room doctors were unable to save the 29-year-old victim, who died less than two hours after the attack.
Soon after stabbing the man death, Cumming, who was an unemployed security guard at the time, began texting his numerous girlfriends, bidding them goodbye. He took a taxi to the home of a local gangster, who burned Cumming’s bloodstained clothes. During the trial, Cumming attempted to pin the stabbing on another man who was in the parking lot at the time of the incident.
The murder conviction was one of many run-ins Cumming has had with the law. He has over 19 prior convictions, including assault, the Telegraph reported.
Cumming gained notoriety last year as British newspapers began describing him as Britain’s Feckless Dad when the press revealed the number of children he had fathered. Cumming’s first child is 16 years old and being raised by Cumming’s mother. His then girlfriend gave birth to Cumming’s first child when he was 17 years old. He then moved in with his girlfriend’s cousin, who became one of five mothers who had five of Cumming’s children in a five-year period. After a two-year break, Cumming began fathering children again. In 2011, Cumming had two more children with a teenage girlfriend and another woman, who both gave birth during the same month. His 17th child was born this year to an unidentified teenager, the Scottish Express reported.
Cumming was often quoted in the press in Britain after he achieved notoriety for fathering so many children. He once said that he was following biblical commandment to “go forth and multiply.” Last year, he also called into question claims by all of the mothers that he was the father of their children. He claimed at least half of the children might not be his and said he was prepared to take DNA tests to prove it.
He also claimed last year that he was a good, albeit imperfect father. Every year on Christmas day, he said he attempted to see all of his children when it was possible.
Cumming’s mother, however, was unforgiving. She said last year that he was not “doing his duty in raising his own kids,” the Telegraph reported. At that time, Cumming and most of the mothers of his children received public assistance.