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Relative of Tilford murder victims guilty of £100,000 fraud

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Image caption Stacy Banner was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months

A relative of two women murdered by a dog breeder has been found guilty of defrauding the killer's dying partner.

Stacy Banner, 42, of Oldbury, West Midlands, took more than £100,000 from the bank account of Susanna Wilson, the partner of John Lowe, in 2013.

Dog breeder Lowe, 86, is serving a life sentence for shooting dead Banner's mother and sister in Tilford, Surrey.

Banner was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months at Guildford Crown Court.

She was found guilty of eight charges of fraud by false representation, and one count of possessing articles for use in fraud on 20 January.

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Image caption John Lowe shot and murdered Christine Lee and her daughter at his puppy-breeding farm

Banner was jointly charged with Lowe, but the details can only now be revealed after the Crown decided it was not in the public interest to prosecute him.

A proceedings of crime hearing is due to be held on 11 August.

Banner's husband, Andrew Banner, was found not guilty of one count of acquiring proceeds of crime.

Lowe shot and murdered Christine Lee, 66, and her 40-year-old daughter, Lucy, at his puppy-breeding farm near Farnham in February 2014.

He was convicted of their murder eight months later.

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