A Southport taxi driver and compulsive gambler who murdered two elderly women has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years. Andrew Flood, 43, from Clifton Road, pleaded guilty to murdering Margaret Biddolph, 78, and Anne Leyland, 88 in February 2012.
Flood, a married father-of-four, used a dressing gown cord and a telephone charger cable to strangle his victims - both of whom were customers of his, the court was told.
Passing sentence, Judge Clement Goldstone QC called the murders 'unspeakably wicked crimes.'
You targeted them because you wanted to rob them of their money and jewellery in order to feed your dependency to alcohol and your addiction to gambling which had caused you and your family to suffer financial hardship."
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