Stephen Farrow

David Tiley
Kill Total2
Kill PlaceBewdley & Thornbury
Kill Date2012
M.O.Stabbing & Beating
VictimBetty Yates - 77
John Suddards - 59
CourtBristol Crown Court
JudgeMr Justice Field
ProsecutionMichael Fitton QC
DefencePeter Gower QC
Case No:T20127095

Wednesday 4th January 2012, 77-year-old Betty Yates was found stabbed to death in her cottage in Bewdley, Worcestershire. She was found lying at the bottom of the stairs, she had been stabbed then beaten with her walking stick.

Tuesday 14th February 2012, 59-year-old,Vicar John Suddards was stabbed to death in his vicarage at St Mary's Church in Castle Street, Thornbury Gloucestershire. Farrow left an open bible and items of pornography on the body.
The post-mortem examination revealed that the vicar had died from multiple stab wounds.

Sunday 19th February 2012, Farrow was arrested in Folkestone, Kent, after a tip-off from a member of the public,.

Wednesday 22nd February 2012, Farrow is charged with the murders of Betty Yates and John Suddards, he is also charged with burglary at a property in Thornbury between 21st December 2011 and 3rd January 2012.

Thursday 23rd February 2012, Farrow appeared at North Avon magistrates  court charged with double murder, and burglary.

2nd November 2012, at Bristol Crown Court, Farrow pleaded guilty to burglary, and guilty to murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility. The defence produced an expert witness who said that Farrow suffered from a Psychopathic personality disorder.

The judge, Mr. Justice Field, said: "I am satisfied that in your case a whole life sentence is an appropriate sentence in each of these dreadful, horrific killings. In my judgement, you acted sadistically".

This puts Farrow on the home office list of prisoners who will never be released, and never considered for parole, see list here >>

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