Life For Betty Yates' Murderer

Stephen Farrow has been found guilty of killing retired teacher Betty Yates in Bewdley, Worcestershire.

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Jury to resume deliberations in Betty Yates trial

Former pupils of Betty Yates pay their respects
Former pupils of Betty Yates pay their respects Credit: PA

The jury will resume its deliberations in the trial of a man accused of the murders of a vicar in Gloucestershire and a retired teacher in Worcestershire.

Stephen Farrow, 48, admits the manslaughter of the Rev John Suddards but denies murdering the clergyman between February 12 and 15 on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

He also denies the murder of Betty Yates between January 1 and 5. Both victims were found stabbed in their homes.

Farrow, of no fixed address, admits the separate charge of burgling Vine Cottage, in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, between December 21 last year and January 3 this year. The three charges span a period of eight weeks with "distinct" links between them, the jury were told.

Betty Yates trial: jury to resume deliberations

Jurors in the trial of a homeless drifter accused of the murders of retired teacher Betty Yates in Worcestershire and a vicar in South Gloucestershire will resume their deliberations this morning.

Stephen Farrow, 48, admits the manslaughter of Rev John Suddards but denies murder between February 12 and 15 this year on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

His also denies the murder of Betty Yates between January 1 and 5 this year. Both victims were found stabbed in their homes.

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Man accused of murder described in court as "a very dark person"

Batty Yates was a retired school teacher who lived in Bewdley Credit: West Mercia Police

The man accused of murdering a retired school teacher in Worcestershire has been described in court as a very dark person.

Stephen Farrow is on trial for the murder of Betty Yates, who was killed in her home in Bewdley and Reverend John Suddards from Gloucestershire. A forensic psychiatrist told the court that Farrow showed psychopathic characteristics.

He said Farrow had been an uncontrollable child who had shot a swan with an air gun and killed other people's pets.

Farrow denies murdering Reverend Suddards but admits his manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He denies the murder of Betty Yates. The trial continues

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Court hears the words of accused

A court has heard for the first time, the chilling words of a man accused of double murder and of his hatred for the church.

A woman who befriended Stephen Farrow broke down in court as she recalled a text message he sent her promising 'the church will be the first to suffer'. From Bristol Crown Court. Richard Payne reports.

Betty Yates Trial: Farrow a "dark and violent" man

The jury in the trial of Stephen Farrow has been hearing from Michaela Rowsell who met him at a church in Dorset after going there to help the homeless.

She says within two weeks a friend told her that Mr Farrow fancied her. "Did you feel the same way?", asked the prosecution. "No", she replied.

She told the court the defendant invented meetings at church to see her.

She says he became "dark and violent".

Michaela Rowsell later received texts saying "I love you, I miss you".

On New Year's Eve 2011 the texts became nasty. She rang the police about one which left her petrified. It read in part:

As you reject me you will suffer. I will be just around the corner and you will never know when I will be there. You don't and never knew just how disturbed I am. The church will be the first to suffer. It was always going to end like this. You can all go to hell. Watch the news because you will know it was me.

– Text message sent by Stephen Farrow to witness

Stephen Farrow, who's 49, denies the murder of Betty Yates from Worcestershire. He also denies murdering Rev John Suddards from Gloucestershire, but admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The trial continues.

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