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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Court hears that son boasted about inheritance money

A court has been told that a man from County Durham, who is accused of murdering his parents, had boasted about what he was going to do with his inheritance in the weeks before they died.

Robert and Patricia Seddon were found dead at their home in Sale, Greater Manchester, last summer.

Their son Stephen denies killing them to get his hands on an inheritance of more than 200,000 pounds.

Manchester Crown Court heard that he had told teachers at his son's school in Seaham that he was planning to spend the money on him.

County Durham man "staged parents crash in canal"

A court has heard how a man from County Durham tried to kill his parents for a £230,000 inheritance by allegedly driving them into a canal.

Stephen Seddon staged the "accident" by driving into a canal with his parents and nephew all aboard the BMW car on March 20th of last year, the court heard.

Seddon hired a BMW and drove from his home in the North East on the pretext of taking his parents and nephew out for a meal.

He later told police a brick in the road may have caused him to swerve off the road and into the water.

Ruth Carroll told the court she was driving along Canal Road in Timperley, south Manchester, when she saw the vehicle on the night of the alleged attempted murder.

Seddon denies two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

"The lights sort of went off to my left and I saw the side of the vehicle, then it seemed to go up and it went into the canal."

– Ruth Carroll, witness


Father had been "suspicious of son" before his death

A father told his GP he thought his son had tried to kill him just 24 hours before he was killed with a shotgun, a court has heard.

Robert Seddon survived after his son Stephen allegedly drove a car into a canal with his parents aboard, in a fake road crash designed to kill them for their will.

Robert Seddon later confided in his GP he now believed the canal "accident" four months earlier had been a deliberate attempt to kill him, the court heard.

The next day Stephen Seddon went to the house in Sale and shot both parents at close range with a sawn-off shotgun, it is alleged.

The day before Mr Seddon and his wife Patricia, 65, were shot dead he had an appointment with his GP, the court heard.

Seddon, from Seaham, denies two counts murder and two counts of attempted murder over the canal incident earlier that year.

"He had previously expressed a view the canal incident was an accident.

"By this time he was expressing his concerns to his GP that his son had tried to kill himself and his wife when his son drove into the canal."

– Peter Wright QC, prosecuting

Murder-accused "lay false trail"

A court has heard how a County Durham man killed his parents to inherit a £230,000 will after they survived a car crash he had faked months earlier.

It is alleged that Stephen Seddon murdered Robert and Patricia Seddon after they survived when he drove a car into a canal with them in the back.

The 46-year-old had debts and an insatiable need for cash, Manchester Crown Court was told.

Despite the couple gifting their son £40,000 in cash and buying his home, his parents "had to die" because he stood to inherit everything in their wills, it is alleged.

The court was told how he shot them both at close range - then planted the gun in his father's lap to make it look like a murder-suicide.

Seddon, from Seaham, denies two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

"The person responsible not only wanted rid of Robert and Patricia Seddon, a quiet, unassuming, elderly couple. He wanted to lay a false trail. A trail, we say, he hoped would lead away rather than towards a man with a considerable motive to kill these two people.

"That man was their son, the defendant, Stephen Seddon."

– Peter Wright QC, opening the case for the prosecution
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