Betty Yates was found dead at her home

Jurors in Betty Yates trial sent out

Jurors in the trial of Stephen Farrow, accused of the murders of a vicar and retired teacher, have been sent out to begin deliberations.

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Judge tells Farrow "You hit her with such force that the walking stick splintered"

Mr Justice Field told Stephen Farrow at Bristol Crown Court today:

"On January 2 this year you somehow got into Betty Yates's home in the afternoon or early evening ...

"You struck Mrs Yates from behind with a heavy walking stick, hitting her hard at least twice to the back of the head with the rounded, bulbous handle.

"You hit her with such force that the walking stick splintered ...

"You then arranged her body and you put a pillow under her head.

"I am quite sure that having done that, you then inflicted the four stab wounds which you inflicted.

"You left the knife in the fatal wound - the wound that was going to bleed the most profusely."

– Mr Justice Field


Betty's son: "had he not been caught he would have continued to kill others and leave more misery in his wake"

David Yates, son of murdered Betty Yates Credit: ITV Central

David Yates, the son of murdered retired teacher Betty Yates spoke outside of court after Stephen Farrow received two life sentences for murder.

He said "we should all be relieved and thankful Farrow is off the streets of Britain today. As in his words that had he not been caught he would have continued to kill others and leave more misery in his wake."

Family spokesperson: "sentence reflects brutal nature of crimes"

The families of the retired teacher and vicar murdered by Stephen Farrow have said in a statement they "take some comfort from today's conviction but "nothing will compensate the families...for their losses."

"The sentence today reflectsd the brutal nature of these crimes and the devastating effect they had on the families of these victims".


Knife was found embedded in retired teacher's neck

Betty Yates the ex teacher was found stabbed with a knife stil in her neck Credit: ITV

Betty Yates the retired teacher was found two days after her murder lying in her hallway with her head resting on a cushion.

The court heard she was found with a knife still embedded in her head after being stabbed four times and beaten with a walking stick.

A swab taken from the scene represented a "one-in-a-billion match" as a mixture of DNA belonging to the Yates and Farrow, the court heard

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