Pensioner guilty of shotgun murders

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Published: Wednesday 29th October 2014 by The News Editor

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An elderly dog breeder has been found guilty of murdering his partner and her daughter at his puppy farm.

John Lowe, 82, blasted 66-year-old Christine Lee and her daughter Lucy Lee, 40, with a shotgun he normally used for killing rats at his property near Farnham, Surrey, in February.

He had told his trial at Guildford Crown Court that their deaths were “a terrible accident” after a struggle over the gun as he went to destroy some dogs.

But the jury of six men and six women convicted him of their murders after hearing that, following his arrest, he told the police he had “put down” the women because they had been “giving me s*** for weeks”.

They also heard that Lucy made a “desperate” 999 call to police saying that Lowe had killed her mother before telling the operator that she was going back to confront him.

She was then shot twice, with Lowe reloading the .410 calibre double-barrelled weapon between shots.

Silver-haired Lowe, who listened to proceedings through a hearing loop, remained stoic as the verdicts were given.

Published: Wednesday 29th October 2014 by The News Editor

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