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Man, 50, found guilty of stabbing girlfriend to death hours before fatally knifing man

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A “WARPED and angry” killer was today found guilty of cutting the throats of his girlfriend and an associate within weeks of being released from jail.
Lee Peacock, 50, was out to “punish” his partner Sharon Pickles, 46, and Clinton Ashmore, 59, during a two-day violent spree in August 2021, a court heard.
Lee Peacock has been found guilty of murder1Lee Peacock has been found guilty of murderCredit: Metropolitan PoliceThe self-confessed burglar and thief turned a 4cm-long knife on himself when police tracked him down to a houseboat after a five-day manhunt.
Peacock, who had only been freed from prison on June 4 of that year, admitted killing the pair but denied it was murder.
He claimed the death of his “other half” was a “pure accident” and that Mr Ashmore “went mental” and punched him in the head after Peacock confessed to killing Ms Pickles.
A jury retired at the Old Bailey on Tuesday and deliberated for two hours and 20 minutes to find Peacock guilty of the double murder.
Police had found Ms Pickles’ body at her home in Westminster after Peacock’s father alerted officers that his son had visited him and confessed to killing three people by cutting their throats.
In a note at the scene, Peacock allegedly wrote that Ms Pickles was “meant to live” and he had sworn “revenge” against those who took advantage while he was in jail.
Peacock tried to slash his own throat when he was tracked down to the Grand Union Canal.
Prosecutor Edward Brown KC described Peacock as having a “warped and angry mind”.

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