Sheffield man given life sentence for Derbyshire manslaughter

21/11/2016

A Sheffield man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter at Nottingham Crown Court. Christopher Whelan killed his grandmother, Rose Hill and his aunt, Julie Hill in Shirebrook, Derbyshire in February 2016.

Whelan, went to the home address of his Aunt on 25 February this year. Whilst in the house, his grandmother arrived at the property. He killed them both, in what has been described as 'brutal and horrendous circumstances'. The bodies were found on 26 February and he handed himself in on 27 February 2016. He was charged with their murder, but pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court to life in prison with a minimum term of 15 years.

Michelle Mannion, District Crown Prosecutor at CPS East Midlands said: "This is a tragic and deeply upsetting case that has affected a whole family. However, thanks to an excellent police investigation and prosecution team effort, Christopher Whelan has been brought to justice.

"At the centre of this case was the issue of whether Whelan was suffering an abnormality of mind at the time of the killings. Psychiatrists instructed by the prosecution and defence agreed that he did and this impaired his ability to form a rational intent and exercise self-control.

"The deaths of Rose and Julie Hill were devastating. My heartfelt sympathies are with their family who have had to cope with what happened to them."