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Millom killer has sentence increased

A man who killed his mother and sister in an axe attack at their home last year has had his sentence lengthened.

The Court of Appeal has today increased the minimum 6 year life sentence to 13 years and 4 months for John Jenkin for the killings in June 2013.

John Jenkin had tried to drown himself two days before the killings.

The court heard that John Jenkin lived with his mother in Millom, Cumbria and was taken to hospital after trying to commit suicide in June last year.

After he'd been released home, his sister came to stay for the weekend.

Two days later, he killed his mother with an axe he had in his room.

When his sister discovered what he had done he killed her with the same weapon.

He also attacked and killed his dog.

Cordoned-off street in Millom at the time of the murders.
Katie Jenkin killed by her brother in Millom.

After the judgment, which was handed down today, the Solicitor General, Oliver Heald, QC MP, who referred the sentence, said:

“This was a truly tragic case, and my heartfelt sympathies go to the family of Alice McMeekin and Kathryn Jenkin, who lost their lives in this senseless attack.

“I asked the Court of Appeal to look again at this sentence as I felt the adjusted term of 6 years failed to reflect the seriousness of these crimes and dreadful impact the killings had.

I hope the increased minimum term of 13 years and 4 months in some way offers comfort and reassuring the public.”