Man jailed for parents' murder

Stephen Seddon, 46, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 40 years at Manchester Crown Court today after murdering his parents to collect a £230,000 inheritance.

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Family of couple murdered by son 'left feeling numb'

The past nine months have been a very sad and emotional time for our family. The shock of having both Pat and Bob taken from us in such horrifying and tragic circumstances has left us feeling numb.

Pat and Bob were a kind, loving and selfless couple who will be missed by their family and friends and especially their grandson Daniel, whom they cared for with great love and affection.

The family would like to take this opportunity to thank Greater Manchester Police for their dedication and effort in the case, also the legal team for their hard work and expertise.

We would like to say a special thank you to the Police Family Liaison Officers and Victim Support for their support and kindness during this time as without their help, we are not sure we could have endured this terrible experience.

We would like to now be left in peace to mourn the deaths of Pat and Bob and be allowed to remember them as the loving couple that they were.

– STATEMENT FROM THE FAMILY OF BOB AND PATRICIA SEDDON
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Horror of parents who realised 'son was a monster'

At one point Stephen Seddon shouted from the dock, insisting he was innocent. But the judge told him to keep quiet, and continued his sentencing:

One can only imagine the horror of your parents' last moments in this life, when they realised what a monster their son, whom they loved, had become.

Mercifully their deaths were swift. The reason for the attempted murders and the murders was greed. You needed money. You had lost your job. You had a mortgage. You had a family to support. You had some grand plans.

Despite the fact that your parents had always been very generous in supporting you, you wanted more and you wanted it now - hence the plan to kill them and get your inheritance up front.

The attempt at murder having failed, you decided on a more ruthless and definitive method of killing. You obtained a sawn-off shotgun from criminal associates.

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Sawn-off shot gun used to kill parents

Stephen Seddon has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 40 years at Manchester Crown Court today after murdering his parents to collect a £230,000 inheritance.

The sawn-off shotgun used to kill Robert and Patricia Seddon Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Seddon, 46, had once before tried to murder his father, Robert Seddon, 68, and mother, Patricia, 65, by driving into a canal with them strapped in the back seats in a faked road accident.

The sawn-off shotgun used to kill Robert and Patricia Seddon Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Seddon then "played the hero" in the aftermath of the "accident" after aborting the murder plan when bystanders went to their aid in the submerged car.

But after that plan failed, four months later he shot the couple to death with a sawn-off shotgun at their suburban home in Sale, Greater Manchester.

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