Wath man admits killing wife and daughter

Peter Redfern.
Peter Redfern.

A man has admitted killing his wife and daughter.

Peter Redfern, 70, admitted killing wife Jean, 67, and daughter Sarah, 33, at the home they shared in Sandygate, Wath, on July 22 last year.

Murder victims Jean and Sarah Redfern.

Murder victims Jean and Sarah Redfern.

Redfern appeared at Sheffield Crown Court today and pleaded guilty to manslaughter with diminished responsibility regarding his wife and pleaded guilty to the murder of his daughter.

Emergency services attended the family home after Redfern called police claiming to have killed his wife and daughter.

A post mortem revealed that Jean suffered asphyxiation and Sarah died from severe head injuries.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Singleton, the investigating officer, said outside of court the attack was “shocking and impossible to understand.”

He added: “Only he knows why he committed such a violent act. We will continue to support the family and are relieved on their behalf that they will not have to suffer the trauma of a trial. Jean and Sarah were a mother and daughter who were as close as a mother and daughter could be.

“Our thoughts are with Jean and Sarah’s family as they begin this next step of the grieving process. We would ask that Jean and Sarah’s family be allowed to grieve privately.”

Sentencing is expected to take place at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday, January 16.

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