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Man denies murder of vicar and OAP
A MAN who was a regular visitor to Bridport has denied murdering a vicar and a pensioner in a killing spree earlier this year.
Stephen Farrow has denied the murder of the Rev John Suddards in February although he has admitted his manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Farrow, 48, who is on trial at Bristol Crown Court, is accused of murdering Rev Suddards at his home in Thornbury, near Bristol.
He also denies the murder of 77-year-old Betty Yates in January.
Farrow is known to have visited Bridport more than a dozen times over the past 18 months and was a regular caller at St Mary’s Church.
The Rev Andrew Evans, of St Mary’s Church, has told how Farrow had been to the vicarage many times as well as other churches in the town.
Rev Evans provides food and help to the homeless and needy through his Cupboard Love scheme.
In a separate link, former barrister Rev Suddards, 59, was the brother of Hilary Bosworth, of Bridport.
Farrow, of no fixed address, has admitted a separate charge of burgling Vine Cottage in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire between December 21 last year and January 3 this year.
The jury was told how Rev Suddards’s body was discovered on February 14 with stab wounds to the neck and chest, lying on the floor.
A bible lay opened against his chest, while a canvas of Christ was positioned near him.
The defendant remained in the vicarage overnight to drink bottled lager and watch DVDs, the prosecution said.
He added that items discovered at the scene were intended to ‘harm the reputation and memory’ of the clergyman.
The trial, which is estimated to last six weeks, continues.