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28 March 2013, 12:00
A conman has been locked up for 40 years for killing his Sale parents for his inheritance.
46 year old Stephen Seddon was told he will serve at least 40 years before can be paroled after the cold-blooded execution of his parents in Greater Manchester to collect his £230,000 inheritance.
Convicted fraudster Seddon, continued to deny his guilt, shaking his head and shouting “I'm an innocent man!” as he was told he will be 86 before he will be eligible for release.
He had tried to murder his dad, 68 year old Robert Seddon, and mum, Patricia, 65, by driving into a canal with them strapped in the back seats in a faked road accident.
Seddon then “played the hero” in the aftermath of the “accident”, boasting of his supposed rescue attempts after aborting the murder plan when bystanders went to their aid in the submerged car.
But after that plan failed, four months later the father-of-three blasted the couple to death with a sawn-off shotgun at their suburban home in Sale, Greater Manchester.
His parents had made him sole beneficiary of their £230,000 estate in their will - and paid with their lives.
Seddon was given a mandatory life sentence for two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder after being convicted by a jury at Manchester Crown Court yesterday.
Passing sentence, Mr Justice Hamblen said “In effect you have executed your own parents,'' he told Seddon.
“One can only imagine the horror of your parents' last moments in this life, when they realised what a monster their son, whom they loved, had become.
“The reason for the attempted murders and the murders was greed. You needed money. You had lost your job. You had a mortgage. You had a family to support. You had some grand plans.
“You have done so by the barbaric act of shooting them at point- blank range with a sawn-off shotgun.”