Life For Betty Yates' Murderer

Stephen Farrow has been found guilty of killing retired teacher Betty Yates in Bewdley, Worcestershire.

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Judge tells Farrow "You hit her with such force that the walking stick splintered"

Mr Justice Field told Stephen Farrow at Bristol Crown Court today:

"On January 2 this year you somehow got into Betty Yates's home in the afternoon or early evening ...

"You struck Mrs Yates from behind with a heavy walking stick, hitting her hard at least twice to the back of the head with the rounded, bulbous handle.

"You hit her with such force that the walking stick splintered ...

"You then arranged her body and you put a pillow under her head.

"I am quite sure that having done that, you then inflicted the four stab wounds which you inflicted.

"You left the knife in the fatal wound - the wound that was going to bleed the most profusely."

– Mr Justice Field

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