Tuesday, 30 June 2009

This story from the BBC

After finding his partner and his best friend enjoying sex together on the sofa of his canal boat, William Cranston stabbed them to death in a fit of blind temper. Cranston was convicted of the manslaughter, by reason of provocation, of 39-year-old Kay Morton and 55-year-old Paul Wilkins. The incident happened in Stoke Hammond, Buckinghamshire, in September, Reading Crown Court heard. Kingston Crown Court will sentence Cranston, 44, on 22 July.

The court heard That the trio had been drinking at a nearby pub before returning to the narrow boat where they continued drinking and smoking cannabis. Cranston went to bed but later woke up to find his partner and friend having sex.

"Paul jumped up and came towards me," he told police, "I can't remember picking up the knife. When he came towards me, I just sort of lashed out to find out what was going on. Literally five seconds later I've got a knife in my hand and they were both on the floor bleeding to death.

Cranston called 999 and gave the pair chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but to no avail.

Cranston told the court that his baby son, Kevin had died the previous February where he found the pair on the sofa. Young Kevin, who was named after Cranston's brother who was killed in a house fire in Australia, was only 55 days old. Cranston told the court, "I can't believe this has happened to everybody."

Catching the pair having sex on the sofa where his son died was "the last straw," said Psychiatrist Dr Philip Joseph, who had examined Cranston while on remand. He further said that this was the "ultimate betrayal" by Ms Morton and their friend.

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