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Man guilty of killing parents

A County Durham man has been found guilty of murdering his parents in Manchester last year.

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Seddon found guilty of murdering his parents

Seddon was found guilty of murdering his parents in Manchester Credit: ITV News

A man who killed his own parents to collect an inheritance is facing life in jail after being found guilty of their murders.

Stephen Seddon, 46, from Seaham, County Durham shot his mother and father so he could inherit £230,000.

They both died on July 4th 2012 after Seddon used a sawn-off shot gun to kill them at close range.

The jury found him guilty after hearing Seddon had an "insatiable thirst for cash."

After becoming unemployed, his parents Bob and Patricia Seddon, from Sale, Manchester helped him financially.

They gave their son a £40,000 lump sum and bought him a house to keep a roof over his head.

But that wasn't enough for Seddon.

In March 2012 he tried to kill them by faking a road accident and driving a car into a canal in Manchester with them strapped in the back seats.

They all survived and he was hailed a hero for their rescue.

Weeks later he would shoot them at close range before planting the gun on his father's lap to make it look like a murder-suicide.

Known locally as Nic, Seddon had worked as a salesman across the North East. But he also had a string if previous convictions including theft and obtaining goods by deception.

After a five week trial Seddon was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder and two counts of murder.

He will be sentenced tomorrow morning.

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