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Date set for decision on Millom double killer’s sentence

A DATE has been set for a high court hearing which could see a Cumbria double killer resentenced.

John Jenkin killed his mother, Alice McMeekin, and his sister Katie Jenkin, in their Newton Street home, in Millom, on June 8 last year.

Jenkin, now 24, was sentenced to life in prison with a 12-year hospital order after admitting two counts of manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility.

The term was later reduced to six years.

The Crown Prosecution Service referred the case to the attorney general’s office and it has now been confirmed the case is due to be heard in the Court of Appeal on June 17.

Jenkin is an inmate at the secure Ashworth Hospital, in Merseyside.

Preston Crown Court heard how he axed his mother and sister to death with a hatchet he kept by his bedside.

After he was arrested he told police he killed his sister so he could have sex with her.

Police who arrived at the address in Newton Street described a “grisly” scene with blood smeared on the walls of the lounge and staircase.

Jenkin killed the family dog, Fenn, before walking to Millom Pier where he was later found naked by police.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office said three high court judges will hear the case on June 17.

The Crown Prosecution Service has revealed the cost of bringing the double killer to justice as being more than £14,000, following a freedom of information request to the Evening Mail – though the figure does not include costs incurred by internal staff.

A total of £14,309 has been spent on external prosecutors and experts.

A spokesman for the service said: “The CPS does not hold a record of the internal costs incurred by this specific case.

“The amount paid to external counsel for this case is £10,084.

“The CPS contribution to expert witness expenditure is £4,225.”


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