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Murdered vicar

November 2012

Murdered vicar

A man has appeared in Bristol crown court on two murder charges against Christians.
    Prosecutor Michael Fitton QC claimed that Stephen Farrow knifed Rev. John Suddards before arranging the body on a vicarage floor.
    Mr Fitton alleged that Mr Farrow had arranged pornography, condoms and party streamers around his body to ‘harm the reputation and memory’ of the former barrister-turned-vicar.
    The court also heard claims that Mr Farrow had stabbed retired teacher Betty Yates, 77, at her cottage in Worcestershire, a month before the vicar was murdered.
    Mr Farrow admits an earlier burglary at her home, in which a note threatening to kill ‘Christian scum’ and stating ‘I [expletive] hate God’ was pinned to the table with knives.
    Mr Farrow, 48, of no fixed abode, denies murdering Betty Yates and has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but not the murder of Rev. Suddards. The trial continues.

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