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The family of a woman who was stabbed to death by her partner, who failed in a bid to legally inherit her estate from behind bars, say they're relieved by the judge's ruling.
Keith Etherington from Slater & Gordon has been representing the family.
The family of Lisa and Joseph Clay, stabbed to death by Paul Chadwick say "justice has been done" after he was refused the right to inherit her estate.
In a statement released through her solicitor, Lisa Clay’s aunt Greta Squires welcomed the ruling.
The statement said: “It is our belief that justice has been done. We have faced a nine-month ordeal preparing for this case. We have had to relive the harrowing details of Lisa and Joseph’s death and listen to Chadwick pleading the victim in court.
“But we were willing to bear this torment to defend the principle that crime should not pay.
“We hope this is the end of this matter and we are able find peace and know that Lisa and Joseph’s memory has not been violated by this killer.”
A man who stabbed to death his girlfriend and their six-year-old son has failed in his legal bid to inherit her full estate.
Paul Chadwick, 35, was already entitled to half the proceeds of any sale of the bungalow he owned with Lisa Clay, in Bolton-le-Sands, Lancashire, but was also bidding for her half of £60,000 as well as another £20,000 of assets in her name.
Judge Mark Pelling QC rejected Chadwick's claim in a judgment handed down in Manchester.
Landscape gardener Chadwick admitted two counts of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was sentenced at Preston Crown Court last October to an indefinite hospital order.
Chadwick appeared in court earlier this week to claim that Marks & Spencer employee Miss Clay, 40, would have wished him to inherit the £80,000 and said he was "very unwell" at the time of the killings on April 9 last year, which he added were "not by my hands".
But the judge rejected his argument in a written judgment at Manchester Civil Justice Centre.
A man who stabbed his partner and her child has lost a legal bid to gain money from her estate.
Paul Chadwick was detained in a mental health unit after he admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility. He launched a legal battle telling the court his wife Lisa Clay would have wanted him to have the money claiming he was "very unwell" when he took her life and their son's at their home in Bolton-Le-Sands in April 2013.
A man who stabbed his wife and son to death in Lancashire will find out if he'll inherit their £200,000 estate. Paul Chadwick was detained in a mental health unit after he admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility. He launched a legal battle telling the court his wife Lisa Clay would have wanted him to have the money claiming he was "very unwell" when he took her life and their son's at their home in Bolton-Le-Sands in April 2013.
Legally he's entitled to half the proceeds of any sale of their bungalow but he wants the full amount plus other monies that were in Miss Clay's name at the time of her death.
Chadwick has told the judge at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre that "he is not motivated by money".
A ruling is expected later.
A man who stabbed his son and wife fifty-seven times is launching a bid to inherit his victims' 2 hundred thousand pound estate. Paul Chadwick was detained in a secure mental health unit last year. A legal loophole could allow him to claim his former partner's assets.
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A man who stabbed to death his girlfriend and their six-year-old son in Lancashire has failed in his legal bid to inherit her full estate.