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Stephen Farrow Trial

The trial has begun of a man charged with murdering a vicar at his home in South Gloucestershire.

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Farrow guilty of double murder

Stephen Farrow Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A homeless drifter was convicted today of the brutal murders of a Thornbury vicar and a retired teacher in their homes.

Stephen Farrow, 48, was found guilty of killing the Rev John Suddards, 59, and Betty Yates, 77, by a jury at Bristol Crown Court.

Farrow, who was diagnosed as a psychopath, denied the murders of Mr Suddards and Mrs Yates.

But Farrow, of no fixed abode, admitted the clergyman's manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, and a separate burglary.

Farrow had an obsession with religion - claiming he had been sexually abused at boarding school by a priest - and wanted to murder the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The murder of Mr Suddards at his vicarage in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, was the culmination of a two-month reign of terror in which Farrow killed Mrs Yates and threatened to kill "Christian scum".

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