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Puppy farm breeder sentenced to life for double murder

An elderly dog breeder is likely to die in jail after he was sentenced to at least 25 years for shooting his partner and her daughter dead at his puppy farm.

John Lowe. Credit: PA

John Lowe, 82, was found guilty of murdering 66-year-old Christine Lee and her daughter Lucy Lee, 40, with his shotgun at his home near Farnham, Surrey, in February.

Sentencing Lowe at Guildford Crown Court, Mr Justice Singh praised the "extraordinary courage" of Lucy Lee after she returned to face her killer following a frantic 999 call on the day of the shootings.

Lowe, flanked by three security officers, winked at his supporters in the public gallery as he was led from the dock.

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Puppy farm double murder pensioner to be sentenced

An elderly dog breeder who was found guilty of murdering his partner and her daughter at his puppy farm in Surrey is to be sentenced later.

John Lowe. Credit: PA

John Lowe, 82, used a shotgun to kill Christine Lee, murdering the 66-year-old and her daughter Lucy, 40, at his home near Farnham, Surrey, in February. In court it emerged the weapon had previously been seized by Surrey Police, but was later returned.

The force apologised to the family after the weapons were confiscated in March last year following an allegation that threats to kill had been made, but were returned to Lowe four months later.

Dog breeder guilty of killing partner and her daughter

A dog breeder has been found guilty of murdering his partner and her daughter at his puppy farm in Surrey.

John Lowe used a shotgun to kill Christine Lee before shooting her daughter Lucy.

In court it emerged the weapon had previously been seized by Surrey Police, but was later returned.

ITV News' Martha Fairlie reports:

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Dog breeder found guilty of puppy farm murders

John Lowe has been found guilty of murdering his partner and her daughter Credit: Surrey Police

An elderly dog breeder has been found guilty of murdering his partner and her daughter at his puppy farm in Surrey.

Christine Lee's body was discovered at Lowe's farm in Tilford Credit: Surrey Police
Lucy Lee's body was discovered at Lowe's farm in Tilford Credit: Surrey Police

John Lowe, 82, blasted 66-year-old Christine Lee and her daughter Lucy Lee, 40, with a shotgun he normally used for killing rats at his property near Farnham, Surrey, in February.

He had told his trial at Guildford Crown Court that their deaths were "a terrible accident" after a struggle over the gun as he went to destroy some dogs.

But the jury of six men and six women convicted him of their murders after hearing that, following his arrest, he told the police he had "put down" the women.

They also heard that Lucy made a "desperate" 999 call to police saying that Lowe had killed her mother before telling the operator that she was going back to confront him.

She was then shot twice, with Lowe reloading the .410 calibre double-barrelled weapon between shots. Lowe, who listened to proceedings through a hearing loop, remained stoic as the verdicts were given.

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Consultant urologist 'disappointed' over dismissal

The Medical Defence Union has released a statement on behalf of consultant urologist Paul Miller who was dismissed by Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

The trust has commissioned a review into the care of more than 1,000 of Mr Miller's former patients.

I am extremely disappointed that the trust has decided to dismiss me. I strongly do not believe that this is justified.

I welcome the opportunity to co-operate with any investigation into my practice.

My priority as a consultant for the last 21 years has always been to protect patients’ best interests and safety.

I cannot comment further due to my duty of patient confidentiality.

– statement on behalf of paul miller

Private Surrey hospital 'reviewing' care of cancer patients

A private hospital in Surrey says it is "reviewing the notes" of any cancer patients treated by a former consultant urologist after he was dismissed.

Spire Gatwick Park Hospital suspended Paul Miller in December last year. This was only one of the hospitals where he worked.

Concerns for 1,200 Sussex and Surrey cancer patients

1,200 cancer patients have been assessed over fears they may have been mistreated by a former consultant urologist, Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has said.

All of the bladder and prostrate cancer patients were seen by consultant urologist Paul Miller between 2006 and 2012.

A review of their care by the Royal College of Surgeons found that 27 of the patients "came to harm" as a result of the treatment they received.

A small number of others received care that "fell below the standards we would expect" but were not harmed as a consequence, a statement said.

Mr Miller was dismissed from the Trust and has been banned from treating cancer patients pending an investigation by the General Medical Council.

  • Concerned East Surrey Hospital patients can call a helpline on 0808 168 7754 Monday to Friday, between 11am and 7pm.
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