A man has been found guilty of murdering his parents in their Higher Walton home.Advertisement
A jury at Preston Crown Court today (Thursday 30 June) found Lee Tipping, 36, guilty of the murders of Tricia Livesey and Anthony Tipping, in the early hours of Saturday 20 November last year.
After police were called to a concern for the safety of the occupants of the property in Cann Bridge Street, officers forced entry and sadly found Tricia, 57, and Anthony, 60, deceased inside the address.
A Home Office post-mortem examination showed that they both died from multiple stab wounds.
Lee Tipping was arrested on suspicion of murder and was subsequently detained under the Mental Health Act. After a full review he was deemed fit for interview and after consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service he was charged with both murders.
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Tipping admitted to killing his parents but denied murder, claiming self-defence and loss of control against his father and loss of control in relation to the death of his mother.
Following a four-week trial at Preston Crown Court, a jury rejected his defence and found Tipping guilty of two counts of murder.
Det Chief Insp Jill Johnston, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: “This is an utterly tragic case that saw the very two people who loved and cared for Lee Tipping more than anyone else in the world, having had their lives taken away by him.
“Tricia and Anthony devoted their lives to their son and they did everything for him. Despite this Lee subjected them both to the most horrific, sustained and violent attack last year, that resulted in their deaths.
“Lee has shown no remorse for his actions and we know that he made extensive efforts to flee the country prior to his arrest in Manchester on the day after the murders.
“He has maintained self-defence and loss of control as the reason behind the killings, failing to accept any personal responsibility for the consequences of his ferocious attacks.
“Lee has subjected the families of both Tricia and Anthony to a four-week trial, prolonging the upset and heart felt grief that has rippled through the close community in which they had lived for all of their lives.
“Sadly, this verdict today provides no relief from the tragic loss that Tricia and Anthony’s families and friends have suffered. They have remained incredibly dignified throughout this investigation and my thoughts remain with them at this incredibly difficult time.”
Tipping will be sentenced at a later date.
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