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Knowsley murders: Man admits killing partner and daughter

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Image caption William Owen changed his plea to guilty at Liverpool Crown Court

A man has admitted murdering his long-term partner and his disabled daughter on Merseyside.

William Owen, 55, pleaded guilty to killing 54-year-old Sharon Hayter and 29-year-old Stephanie Owen at Liverpool Crown Court earlier. He changed his plea before a trial was due to start.

Their bodies were found with head injuries at the family home on Home Farm Road, Knowsley in November.

A sentencing hearing is due to start on Thursday.

At a previous court hearing, he pleaded not guilty to the murders.

'Emotional scars'

Det Ch Insp Steve Cox, said: "It must be difficult enough to come to terms with the loss of one family member in such tragic circumstances, but to lose two family members in this way is incomprehensible and our thoughts are with the family today."

Ms Hayter's brother, Darren Barnett, said the family were "satisfied" following the guilty pleas.

He said: "In a previous court appearance it was suggested by the defence barrister that William Owen did not kill Stephanie and inferred that Sharon may well have murdered her own daughter. Today the truth has come out and he has pleaded guilty on both counts."

"Sadly, we will never know why he murdered Sharon and Stephanie, and we are left with the lasting emotional scars and are still trying to come to terms with what has happened."

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