Cumbria

Millom axe killer John Jenkin's sentence review period halved

  • 4 April 2014
  • From the section Cumbria
John Jenkin
John Jenkin had been released from a hospital unit two days before the killings

A man who killed his mother and sister with an axe during a schizophrenic episode has had his sentence review period halved.

John Jenkin was given a life sentence last month after attacking Alice McMeekin and Kathryn Jenkin at their home in Millom, Cumbria, in June.

The 24-year had pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Now his sentence will now be reviewed after six years rather than 12.

Preston Crown Court was told last month that Jenkin took LSD, whisky and painkillers and tried to drown himself in a river before cutting his wrists on 6 June.

He was taken to Furness General Hospital for treatment where, following an examination by a psychiatric nurse, he was released.

Alice McMeekin, left, and Kathryn Jenkin were killed in the family home

He went on to kill his 58-year-old mother and 20-year-old sister as well as their dog at the family home in Newton Street two days later.

Now the sentence review hearing at the court has halved the period before Ashworth High Security Hospital has to reconsider his case.

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