Man jailed for life for murdering a Banbury mother and her son

11/04/2011

A man has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years for murdering a mother and her son and causing injuries to her daughter, at their home in Banbury.

Today (11/4) at Oxford Crown Court, Michael Kelly (46) pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and one count of GBH with intent, following the horrific incident on 13 December, 2010.

The court heard how Kelly attacked his former partner, Sally Cox, and her son, Martin Faulkner, at the family home in Mold Crescent, Banbury, killing them both. Sally's two daughters escaped from the house, with the eldest seriously injuring herself as she leapt from a first-floor window to get away from Kelly.

CPS lawyer Louise Chitty, from the Thames and Chiltern Complex Casework Unit, said: 'This was a most serious and very distressing case, where an evil man armed himself with a weapon, drove from Swindon to Banbury, and fatally and frenziedly attacked his former partner and her son in their home. It was fortunate that both daughters managed to escape from the house, although the elder one suffered serious injury in doing so.

'Kelly has today pleaded guilty to two offences of murder and one count of GBH and will serve at least 30 years in prison for his crimes. Our sympathies are with Sally's family at this time. Hopefully the guilty plea and sentence will assist them, as they try to come to terms with their terrible loss.'

Mr Justice Saunders handed Kelly a life sentence for each murder, plus 10 years for the GBH with intent, and ordered that he serve at least 30 years before being considered for parole.