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Tuesday 23 September 2014

'Evil' killer of parents jailed

Published 28/03/2013 | 10:41

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Stephen Seddon has been jailed for the murder of his parents Patricia and Robert

An "evil" killer has been sentenced to at least 40 years in prison for the cold-blooded murders of his mother and father - but went to jail protesting his innocence.

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Stephen Seddon, 46, was branded a "monster" by a judge after blasting his elderly and doting parents to death with a sawn-off shotgun to get his hands on their money.

But Seddon, who told "lie after lie after lie" to escape justice, shook his head and shouted "I'm an innocent man" before he was ordered to "keep quiet" by the judge, who jailed him for life with a minimum 40 years before parole.

Seddon, a convicted fraudster with an "insatiable thirst" for money, was named by his parents Robert Seddon, 68, and Patricia, 65, as sole beneficiary of their £230,000 estate in their will. The father-of-three first tried to drown them by staging a road accident and driving a car into a canal, Manchester Crown Court heard.

After that plan failed, armed with a sawn-off shotgun, he went to their quiet suburban home in Sale, Greater Manchester, last July 4. His mother, still recovering from the canal crash, tried to fight him off in the hallway but went to the ground where her son put the gun against her left temple and pulled the trigger.

His father, in the lounge, was shot from close range in the neck as he either lay or was about to get up from a sofa. Sneddon then placed the gun on his father's lap in a bid to make it look like a murder-suicide.

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Hamblen told the defendant: "One can only imagine the horror of your parents' last moments in this life, when they realised what a monster their son, whom they loved, had become. Mercifully, their deaths were swift. The reason for the attempted murders and the murders was greed. You needed money.

"In Greek mythology, someone who killed a parent would be pursued until death by the Furies. Throughout time it has been recognised as a terrible and unnatural crime. You have done so by the barbaric act of shooting them at point-blank range with a sawn-off shotgun."

Loved ones of the murder victims hissed "Yes!" and burst into tears after Seddon was convicted by a jury on Wednesday following a five-week trial. In a statement read outside court, the family said: "The past nine months have been a very sad and emotional time for our family... Pat and Bob were a kind, loving and selfless couple."

Seddon had lived the high life in the past, posing in his Bentley Turbo, jetting around the world and staying at the Waldorf Astoria in New York on one trip. The money came from a scam and he was jailed for fraud. His parents had gifted him £40,000 in cash and bought his home in Seaham, Co Durham, to keep a roof over his head.

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