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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Life for man who axed to death mum and sister

Kim Pilling

Published 29/03/2014|02:30

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John Jenkin
John Jenkin

A man who axed to death his mother and sister has been jailed for life.

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John Jenkin (24) committed the killings just two days after he was taken to a mental health unit following a suicide bid.

He was treated at Furness General Hospital, Cumbria, in the UK after he took a cocktail of LSD, cannabis, whiskey and painkillers before he tried to drown himself in a river.

Preston Crown Court heard that Jenkin told a witness repeatedly at the suicide bid scene that he wanted to kill his mother.

Following a 90-minute examination by a psychiatric nurse who considered Jenkin's risk to others was "low", he was released and went on to kill Alice McMeekin (58) and university student Katie Jenkin (20) at the family home in Millom on June 8 last year.

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Earlier this month the Crown Prosecution Service accepted his guilty pleas to two counts of manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility. He had denied their murders.

Mr Justice King sentenced mentally ill Jenkin to a minimum 12-year term.

He imposed an order that the defendant would continue to be treated in maximum-security Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside.

If he recovers from his schizo-affected disorder before the 12-year tariff, then he will be transferred to prison but will not be released until a parole board is satisfied he is no longer a danger to the public.

The judge said he was satisfied that Jenkin was suffering from a mental disorder at the time of the killings.

Irish Independent

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