South Yorkshire killer dad will ‘die in prison’

Peter Redfern has admitted killing his wife and murdering his daughter in Wath.
Peter Redfern has admitted killing his wife and murdering his daughter in Wath.

The deaths of a mum and daughter have left a ‘void in our lives’ relative said today – as their killer was jailed for life.

Peter Redfern killed his wife Jean, aged 64, and daughter Sarah, 33, at their home in Sandygate, Wath.

Jean and Sarah Redfern.

Jean and Sarah Redfern.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Redfern had suffered an extreme reaction to the chemotherapy drugs he was taking for terminal bone marrow cancer.

The 70-year-old wept silently as he was jailed for life and told by Mr Justice Stephen Males he would probably die in prison.

He must serve a minimum of 17 years in prison.

Today the women’s relatives said: “The terrible events of July 2013, have left a void in our lives which will never be filled.

“We hope the conclusion of the case will allow us to come to terms with what happened.”

Redfern was taking part in a drugs trial and had stopped taking his medication when he strangled Jean before putting a bag over her head.

He then waited for Sarah to get home from work and bludgeoned her to death with a hammer.

Redfern admitted Jean’s manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and pleaded guilty to Sarah’s murder.

He was given 12 years for killing his wife and life with a minimum of 17 years for murdering his daughter, to run concurrently.

Mr Justice Males said: “The setting of a minimum term is in one sense academic because your age and the cancer from which you suffer make it as certain as anything can be that you will die in prison.”

The judge added it was a ‘tragic case’.