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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Millom man locked up for life for axing his mum and sister to death

A SUICIDAL son revealed he planned to kill his mother two days before a gruesome attack which left his mother, his sister, and the family pet axed to death.

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court move The Court of Appeal will hear an appeal over the sentence handed to double killer John Jenkin, above left, who axed his mother and sister, insets, to death at their home in Newton Street, Millom, above

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John Jenkin was given a life sentence and a hospital order at Ashworth Hospital, Merseyside, for a minimum of 12 years yesterday.

He had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to two counts of manslaughter relating to the killings of his mother Alice McMeekin, 58, and his 20-year-old sister Katie Jenkin.

Jenkin, 24, of Newton Street, Millom, killed his sister so he could have sex with her, Preston Crown Court heard.

In his opening Mr Tony Cross QC, prosecuting, told the court Jenkin had repeatedly spoken about killing “my mam”.

Mr Cross told the court Jenkin approached a van driver near Millom Pier on June 6 at around 7.30am. Jenkin dropped a bag and put his hands in the air in a “surrender” motion and said: “I am armed but it’s not in my hands.”

He then said he planned to kill his mum and walked off.

The incident was reported to police.

Later that morning he was spotted acting erratically at Hodbarrow nature reserve. He had blood smeared across his forearms as a result of cutting himself with shells.

He was taken to Dane Garth in Barrow where he was seen by psychiatric staff. Jenkin told them he’d taken two tablets of LSD, half a bottle of whisky, and some cannabis.

Nurses said his risk of harm was low and he was released.

On the morning of June 8, Jack Lonergan, who lives next door, heard a “ruckus” and later told police he heard a cry for help.

Michael Hannah spotted Jenkin leave the back door of the house before axing the dog to death and walking out of the back gate towards Millom Pier where Jenkin later told police he planned to swim to Barrow to get help from his friends.

When police arrived they found the bodies of Katie Jenkin and Alice McMeekin with extremely severe head injuries.

A police officer described the scene as grisly. Mr Tony Cross, QC, prosecuting, said: “Sadly his (the police officer’s) description did not overestimate the reality.”

When police inspected the house they found heavy blood stains in the lounge and on the stairs.

Jenkin was spotted walking at Millom Pier. He stripped naked and was reported crawling along the ground with a plastic pipe inserted into his backside.

Police were called and he was found with dirty toilet paper in his mouth. He was arrested before being taken to Furness General Hospital.

Jenkin reportedly told nurses he had “lost control and killed them”.

He told police he had planned the night before to kill his mother. When, the next morning, he was attacking his mother with an axe, he was disturbed by his sister. He chased his sister and repeatedly hit her with the axe before raping her. The dog began barking, and he then killed the dog.

In an interview with a doctor, Jenkin was asked for his motive for the killing.

The court was told: “He was talking about sexual fantasies. He said ‘After I killed her I did some things. I had sex with her’.”

When asked if that was the reason he killed his sister, he said: “Yes.”

In a report by psychiatrists read to the court he said God and the devil had spoken to him.

Jenkin had said: “There is no sin that I need to remove. That meant I had to kill my mother and sister as they were holding me back from what I wanted to do. They said anything I could do would be OK.

“I thought of raping children. I raped her (his sister). I was told to do something I wanted.

“It was something that came on that day.”

Previous articles:
Court sets date for sentencing of Millom killer
Decision to discharge Millom killer defended by trust
Shock twist in Millom double murder hearing
Trial of Millom murder accused to start this week
Millom murder accused pleads not guilty
Millom murder accused case discussed in court today
Millom son accused of killing mother and sister appears in court
Cumbria murder accused has trial date put back after hearing in Preston
Man’s grim journey to Millom to identify girlfriend's body
Provisional trial date set for Millom double murder accused
Distraught Millom community unites in face of tragedy
Millom family ‘a key part of community’
Double Millom death inquest set to be opened
Son charged with Millom murders taken to Barrow court

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