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Saturday, 02 August 2014

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Double Millom killer’s hospital sentence halved

A MILLOM man who axed his mum, sister and dog to death has had the minimum term he must serve in a high-security hospital cut from 12 years to six.

John Jenkin photo
John Jenkin

John Jenkin, 24, of Newton Street, Millom, killed his mum, Alice McMeekin, 58, and his 20-year-old sister Katie in their home on June 8.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment at Preston Crown Court on March 28, and a hospital order for Ashworth Psychiatric Hospital in Merseyside was imposed for a minimum of 12 years.

But a sentence review hearing yesterday at Preston Crown Court ruled Jenkin will now serve a specified minimum term of six years.

After the six years, the case will be reviewed and it will be determined if Jenkin can be transferred to prison. He was not in court for the hearing.

He admitted two counts of manslaughter last month.

He was originally charged with murder, but guilty pleas for manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility were accepted by the prosecution.

Preston Crown Court was told Jenkin had killed his mother and sister with an axe, and had raped his sister.

Police were called to the house and found the bodies of his mother and sister with extremely severe head injuries. In a psychiatrists’ report, Jenkin said God and the Devil had spoken to him.

Have your say

I'm so annoyed, no he shouldn't be put straight into prison.. this man is ILL! he needs to spend time in a hospital so he never does this again. It's a shame really.. just another poor sod that slipped through the cracks of the NHS as usual.. also people read the article! his HOSPITAL sentence was halved not his prison sentence..

Posted by Anon on 6 April 2014 at 15:48

this has been such a sad case and no one knows the ins and outs of his story if dane garth had done there job properly in the first place his mam and sister would still be here its a discrace he never got the help he needed in the first place

Posted by angel on 5 April 2014 at 16:11

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