Man admits murdering aunt and grandmother in Preston

Lee Browne
Image caption Lee Browne pleaded guilty to murder on the first day of the trial

A man has been jailed for life for stabbing his aunt and grandmother to death in Lancashire.

Maureen Allen, 79, and her daughter, Geraldine Allen, 57, were found dead in a burning bungalow in Fulwood on 8 August, 2011.

Lee Browne, 22, of Margaret Road, Preston, admitted murder on the first day of his trial at Preston Crown Court.

Browne was told that he must spend a minimum of 33 years in prison.

The police were called to the house on Longfield, Fulwood, at about 0200 BST on Monday 8 August following a report of a fire and discovered the women's bodies inside the premises.

Post-mortem examinations revealed that they died of multiple stab wounds.

Browne was arrested on suspicion of murder at the scene.

Det Ch Insp Andrea Barrow said: "This is a truly horrendous crime and although nothing will ever bring Maureen or Geraldine back, we hope this conviction provides the families with the knowledge and some comfort that the person responsible has been brought to justice."

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