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Wath-upon-Dearne man admits killing wife and daughter

Peter Redfern
Peter Redfern admitted killing his wife and daughter

A man with incurable cancer has admitted killing his wife and daughter.

Peter Redfern, 70, admitted the murder of Sarah Redfern and confessed to the manslaughter of his wife, Jean, on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Redfern strangled his wife at their home in Wath-upon-Dearne in July 2013 before attacking his daughter with a hammer when she returned from work.

He admitted the killings on the first day of trial at Sheffield Crown Court. He will be sentenced on Thursday.

The bodies of the two women were discovered after Redfern rang 999 to confess.

Jean and Sarah Redfern
The bodies of Jean (left) and Sarah Redfern were discovered at a house in Wath-upon-Dearne

The court heard he had incurable bone cancer and was on a drugs trial. He was also suffering from depression.

'Impossible to understand'

He pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife Jean Redfern, 67, but guilty to manslaughter.

He pleaded guilty to murdering his 33-year-old daughter, Sarah.

Det Chf Insp Chris Singleton, of South Yorkshire Police, said the double killing was "shocking and impossible to understand".

He said: "Only he knows why he committed such a violent act.

"Jean and Sarah were a mother and daughter who were as close as a mother and daughter could be."

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