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Man guilty of murdering partner and child in Totton

Stephanie Bellinger
Image caption Ms Bellinger was stabbed more than 30 times

A man who stabbed his girlfriend more than 30 times as she slept, before killing their daughter, has been found guilty of their murders.

Anthony Marsh, 22, stabbed Stephanie Bellinger, 24, and 10-month old Lili, at their home in Totton, near Southampton, in February.

He admitted the killings on the grounds of diminished responsibility, claiming he heard voices in his head, but denied murder.

Marsh will be sentenced on Wednesday.

A jury at Winchester Crown Court found Marsh guilty on both counts after ten hours of deliberations.

Earlier the court was told that Marsh did not kill the couple's two-and-half-year-old son, but fled from the house, leaving the child locked inside for more than 30 hours.

'Distressing scene'

Ms Bellinger's mother and sister broke into the family home after becoming worried and were confronted by a "truly distressing scene", the court heard.

Marsh was arrested a few days later in nearby Fareham and told police he heard voices telling him to kill Ms Bellinger.

The court heard he went downstairs, got a knife and attacked his partner who was asleep.

The jury heard during the two-week trial that Marsh suffered from bipolar disorder and the family were in £13,000 debt, partly, because he lost his job after he stole from a pub he worked in.

He often fled the family home and went to other cities, sleeping rough before handing himself in at hospitals.

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