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'Britain's youngest double murderers' named after court ruling

A couple believed to be Britain's youngest double murderers can be named after a High Court ruling.

Lucas Markham and Kim Edwards are thought to be Britain's youngest murderers. Credit: Lincolnshire Police.

Lucas Markham and Kim Edwards, both 15, were convicted of murdering Edwards' mother and sister in Spalding, Lincolnshire, in April 2016.

Dinnerlady Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and daughter Katie, 13, were stabbed through the throat and smothered in their beds.

Elizabeth and Katie Edwards were both murdered by Kim and Lucas.

The teenagers, who were both 14 at the time, are thought to be Britain's youngest couple to ever be convicted of murder.

During their trial a court heard that after the killings they shared a bath, had sex and watched the vampire-themed Twilight films, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

Jurors heard the pair - described as being in a Bonnie and Clyde-like relationship - had planned the murders days before.

It happened at Elizabeth's house in Spalding. Credit: PA.

The girl told police it had started off as a joke but escalated into reality as she had "felt like murdering for quite a while".

In interview she said a gun would have been easier but "we don't really have any in this country" - so a knife was a better solution.

In police interviews and assessments with psychiatrists, the girl described the killings as "a breeze".

Afterwards Kim said Lucas "seemed fine".

She said the pair had planned to kill themselves by taking pills after the murders but changed their minds.

Both killers now face indefinite detention at Her Majesty's pleasure - the juvenile equivalent of a life term for an adult.

The judges have ruled that there is a strong public interest in the full facts of this exceptional case being known, meaning that Lucas Markham and Kim Edwards can now be named.

The murders of Elizabeth and Katie Edwards were horrific and brutal and the whole country shared a sense of shock that two juveniles, who were only 14-years-old at the time, could have carried out such a horrendous act.

I'm sure that sense of disbelief and horror will be deepened now it is known that it was Elizabeth's own daughter who was responsible for plotting with her boyfriend to carry out the murders.

– Detective Superintendent Martin Holvey, Lincolnshire Police

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