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Murder accused had previously threatened to kill, court hears

Betty Yates, who lived in Bewdley. Photo: West Mercia Police

A man accused of stabbing a former primary school teacher from Worcestershire and a priest from Gloucestershire to death had previously made threats to kill an elderly woman in the West Midlands, a court has heard.

Stephen Farrow, 48, denies killing Mrs Betty Yates, 77, who was found stabbed at her cottage in Bewdley, Worcestershire, on January 4th.

He admits the manslaughter of the Rev John Suddards on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but denies murder.

Farrow, of no fixed address, admits burgling another property, Vine Cottage, also in Thornbury, over the Christmas and New Year period that year.

Bristol Crown Court was told Farrow has a previous conviction for aggravated burglary, dating back nearly two decades.

The jury were told Farrow pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary at an address in Heath Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands in August 1994.

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