Man in John Suddards murder case had previous convictions
THE 48-year-old man accused of stabbing the Reverend John Suddards and former primary school teacher Betty Yates to death previously made threats to kill an elderly woman, a court heard.
Stephen Farrow, 48, admits the manslaughter Mr Suddards in Thornbury on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denies murder.
He denies killing Mrs Yates, 77, who was found stabbed at her cottage in Bewdley, Worcestershire.
Bristol Crown Court was today told Farrow, of no fixed address, had a previous conviction for aggravated burglary, dating back nearly two decades.
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The jury of eight men and four women were told Farrow pleaded guilty to the burglary, in which he followed home owner Stella Crow into her home and produced a knife with a 12-inch blade then threatened to kill her.
The trial continues.