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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Man denies murdering mother and sister in Cumbria

A man accused of killing his mother and sister has pleaded not guilty to murder.

John Jenkin, 24, appeared at Preston Crown Court by videolink from Ashworth Hospital on Friday, where he pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder.

On June 8 last year it is alleged Jenkin killed his 58-year-old mother, prison worker Alice McMeekin, and his 20-year-old sister Katie Jenkin, a media student at the University of South Wales in Cardiff.

The pair were found with “severe” head injuries at the family home. The family dog, a border collie named Fenn, was found dead in the backyard of the property, which is just one door away from the house where Claire Marshall was stabbed to death by a former partner in January 2009.

A major police operation saw several areas of the town sealed off and Jenkin was later arrested at the Millom Ironworks Nature Reserve.

The family had been living in South Wales for the preceding three years and they had moved back to Millom last spring.

Jenkin, of Newton Street, Millom, was originally due to stand trial at Preston Crown Court on October 28.

At his first appearance in Furness Magistrates’ Court on June 10 he was too distressed to appear in the court room and the case was passed to the crown court in his absence. He failed to appear at further hearings in September and December.

Following the hearing Jenkin was remanded in custody into the secure Ashworth Hospital, a high security psychiatric hospital.

He is set to stand trial on March 4 at Preston Crown Court. The trial is expected to last several days.

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