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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Police to ask if Millom deaths could have been avoided

AN investigation is under way in the wake of the sentencing of John Jenkin.

Cumbria police yesterday confirmed that a domestic homicide review was under way.

The investigation aims to reveal whether the killings could have been avoided.

Jenkin, 24, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 12 years to be served, the sentence will be carried out in the Ashworth Secure Hospital – the home of Moors murderer Ian Brady, in Merseyside.

The court was told Jenkin posed a “serious risk of harm, both sexual and physical” and heard how at age 11 he had incestuous experience with his sister and had been abused by his father.

They heard following Jenkin’s arrest he showed fantasies of violence towards ethnic minorities, women and fat people and had admitted sexual preferences including animated child pornography – as well as sexual fantasies regarding his sister.

Passing sentence, Judge Mr Justice Timothy King told Jenkin “if and when” his mental illness was treated he would then serve the remainder of his sentence in jail.

He said: “The public needs to be confident in the criminal justice system. This was a case of a double killing.

“You voluntarily ingested those drugs and it was undoubtedly the ingestion of those drugs which, to use the words of Professor Peckett, ‘detonated’ your vulnerability to mental illness and led to these dreadful killings.”

Following the sentence, Detective Inspector Paul Duhig said: “This was a particularly tragic case, and the friends and family of Alice and Katie have been left devastated.

“Our thoughts continue to be with them.

“This case will have lasting effects on everyone involved.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the public who called the police when they spotted Jenkin acting suspiciously, which led to his quick arrest. This is typical of our local communities, who work closely with us to keep Cumbria one of the safest places to live in the country.

“(Killings) are exceptionally rare in Cumbria, however on the rare occasions when such a serious crime takes place we have a proven track record of bringing the culprit to justice and protecting the public.”

Janet McMeekin, Alice’s sister-in-law read a family statement on behalf of the McMeekin family, outside court.

She said: “The words don’t exist to describe our feelings of loss following the events which occurred in June last year.

“It has been a family tragedy on so many levels. Alice and Katie will always be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew them.

“We are grateful for all the help and support we have received, particularly from family, friends, and specially trained officers from Cumbria police.

“Life for us will never be as it was and we would now ask to be left to come to terms with our loss.”

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