Man who killed mum and sister sentenced to life

A man from Millom who killed his mother and sister has been sentenced to life in prison. Preston Crown Court heard John Jenkin who's 25 was released from hospital two days before their deaths after trying to kill himself.

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Cumbria NHS Trust says a review will ensure lessons are learnt from tragic case

The Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust confirmed that their liaison service had seen John Jenkin before he killed Alice McKeekin and Katie Jenkin in Millom.

In a statement they said:

''The assessment conducted was thorough and steps taken were appropriate to the assessed needs at that time. We have conducted an internal review and will contribute to the domestic homicide review to ensure all agencies learn what lessons they can from this very tragic case."

A man with schizophrenia who killed his mother and sister has been jailed for life.

A man with schizophrenia who killed his mother and sister two days after he was released from a mental health unit has been jailed for life, to serve a minimum of twelve years.

Twenty-four year old John Jenkin had tried to drown himself in a river two days before he attacked his mother Alice McMeekin and sister Kathryn Jenkin with an axe at their home in Millom in Cumbria.

Preston Crown Court heard Jenkin was suffering from a schizophrenic disorder at the time of the offences last June.

He's to serve his sentence at Ashworth Secure Hospital on Merseyside.


Axe killer discharged two days before tragedy

A man who killed his mother and sister with an axe was discharged from a psychiatric unit after a suicide attempt days earlier, a court heard.

John Jenkin admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.The bodies of Alice McMeekin and Katie Jenkin, 20, were found in Newton Street.

Mr Tony Cross QC, prosecuting, said two days earlier Jenkin tried to commit suicide. He took drugs, and tried to slash his wrists and was taken to the Dane Garth mental health unit in Barrow-in-Furness.

A psychiatric nurse said he had ‘a medium risk of worthlessness and a risk of the detrimental effects of drug misuse but no other mental health problems were noted.’

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