Man who killed mum and sister sentenced to life

A man from Millom who killed his mother and sister has been sentenced to life in prison. Preston Crown Court heard John Jenkin who's 25 was released from hospital two days before their deaths after trying to kill himself.

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Axe killer discharged two days before tragedy

A man who killed his mother and sister with an axe was discharged from a psychiatric unit after a suicide attempt days earlier, a court heard.

John Jenkin admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.The bodies of Alice McMeekin and Katie Jenkin, 20, were found in Newton Street.

Mr Tony Cross QC, prosecuting, said two days earlier Jenkin tried to commit suicide. He took drugs, and tried to slash his wrists and was taken to the Dane Garth mental health unit in Barrow-in-Furness.

A psychiatric nurse said he had ‘a medium risk of worthlessness and a risk of the detrimental effects of drug misuse but no other mental health problems were noted.’

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