Updated: Monday, 14th October 2019 @ 6:12pm

'MONSTER' jailed: Family left ‘numb’ as Stephen Seddon gets life over execution of parents for inheritance

'MONSTER' jailed: Family left ‘numb’ as Stephen Seddon gets life over execution of parents for inheritance

By Colin Henrys

The devastated family of a Sale couple murdered by their own son for inheritance money paid tribute to them after seeing their killer sentenced to a minimum 40 years in prison.

Patricia, 65, and Robert Seddon, 68, were shot at home by son Stephen, 46, who lived in Seaham, Durham, after an earlier murder attempt – where he plunged his car into a canal – failed.

After Mr Justice Hamblen passed sentence at Manchester Crown Court, PC Bryn Jones read a statement on behalf of the mourning family.

 “The last nine months have been a very sad and emotional time for our family,” they said.

“The shock of having both Pat and Bob taken from us in such horrifying and tragic circumstances has left us feeling numb.

“Pat and Bob were a kind, loving and selfless couple who will be missed by their family and friends and especially by their grandson Daniel whom they cared for with great love and affection.”

Earlier in court Seddon had protested his innocence when Mr Justice Hamblen was passing sentence, shouting: “They were not murdered by me at all. I am an innocent man.”

However, the judge described it as a ‘calculated and cold-blooded murder’.

“In effect you have executed your own parents,” he told Seddon.

“One can only imagine the horror of your parents in their last moments in this life, when they realised what a monster their son, who they loved, had become.”

Superintendent Denise Worth, of Greater Manchester Police, admitted it was one of the most difficult cases she had encountered.

“This is a man who was prepared not only to murder his parents but to try twice,” she said.

“It is the most calculated and cold-blooded murder I have ever investigated.

“It is probably one of the worst crimes I have ever dealt with at Greater Manchester.

“For the family it is absolutely devastating – they have really struggled to come to terms with their deaths – not just that they died but with the way they died.”

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