A teenage couple, believed to be Britain's youngest double murderers, can finally be named after a new ruling.
Lucas Markham and Kim Edwards, who are both 15, were convicted of killing Edwards' mum Elizabeth, 49, and her young sister Katie, who was just 13, in Lincolnshire last April.
Their names can now be revealed for the first time, after a High Court ruling.
At their trial, the jury heard how the two teens planned the killings and then carried them out meticulously when they were both 14.
The chilling murders took place while the mother and daughter slept, after which the pair took a bath together, had sex and watched four Twilight films. The bodies were found two days later.
Elizabeth had suffered a catalogue of brutal injuries. She had been stabbed eight times, with one of the wounds almost completely severing her windpipe.
Edwards told police: "He was on top of her with a pillow over her head. I think I heard her say 'get off me'. There was blood on her and on the bed, there were four blood spatters on the wall and he told me to shut the door.
"All I could see was her shoulder and arms. She was struggling. She reached out her hand so I grabbed it and kind of held it. As I realised it was her hand, I instantly drew my hand back and got into a cradle position.
Elizabeth Edwards. Credit: SWNS
"I sat on the floor next to the door and said to myself: 'breathe', as I was about to have a panic attack. My legs were shaking. Then I walked back and forth and said: 'It's going to be OK, keep calm. It's going to be over soon.' After about ten minutes of putting his weight on her, she was dead.
"She had kind of gone limp and wasn't struggling any more but she was still making gurgling sounds. I think I said: 'Is she dead?'"
The court heard the couple had a 'toxic' relationship and were a 'time bomb waiting to go off'.
A knife used in the killings. Credit: SWNS
At court Edwards admitted manslaughter. She denied murder, saying she suffered from an abnormality of mental function, which left her unable to make rational judgements.
However, the jury rejected her claims after just two-and-a-half hours of deliberations. Both were found guilty of murder.
Katie Edwards. Credit: SWNS
Mr Justice Haddon-Cave told the teenagers: "The killings were brutal in the form of executions and both victims, particularly Elizabeth Edwards, must have suffered terribly in the last minutes of their lives."
The couple were both handed minimum sentences of 20 years. These have now been reduced after appeal to 17-and-a-half years each.
Sources: Daily Mail
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