Rev John Suddards' sister speaking outside court
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Stephen Farrow: Rev John Suddards family statement

A homeless drifter who murdered a vicar and a retired teacher has been jailed for the rest of his life.

Stephen Farrow stabbed to death the Rev John Suddards, 59, in Thornbury, near Bristol, and Betty Yates, 77, at her home, in Bewdley, Worcestershire.

The defendant, 48, who Bristol Crown Court heard was obsessed with religion, was convicted by a jury of the murders.

In a statement read out after sentencing, Mr Suddards' sister, Hilary Bosworth, said: "In the nine months since John died, we've experienced all the grief of losing a loved one, but we have also had to come to terms with the fact that John's life was taken in a very violent, and totally unprovoked attack in his own home".

  • 02 Nov 2012
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