Wednesday 18 October 2017

Conman shot parents to death for inheritance

Robert and Patricia Seddon: shot dead by son
Robert and Patricia Seddon: shot dead by son

A conman with an "insatiable thirst" for money is facing life behind bars for the cold-blooded "execution" of his parents to collect his £230,000 inheritance.

Fraudster Stephen Seddon (46) shook his head in denial as the jury convicted him of the double murder of his elderly mother and father. He had first tried to murder Robert Seddon (68) and mother Patricia (65) by driving into a canal with them strapped in the back seats in a faked road accident. But after that plan failed, four months later he blasted the couple to death with a sawn-off shotgun at their suburban home in Sale, Greater Manchester.

His parents had made him sole beneficiary of their £230,000 estate in their will – and paid with their lives.

The father of three, from County Durham, was convicted on two counts of murder on July 4, after a five-week trial at Manchester Crown Court.

The victims' family shouted "Yes!" and burst into tears, hugging each other in the public gallery.

Mr Justice Hamblen will pass sentence today and decide how long Seddon should serve behind bars before he can apply for parole – or order he serve a "whole life" term and is never released.

Prosecuting barrister Peter Wright described him as the ultimate "ungrateful son" who had an "insatiable thirst for cash"

Irish Independent

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