A FATHER told his doctor he thought his son had tried to kill him just 24 hours before he was blasted to death with a shotgun, a court heard.
Robert Seddon, 68, survived after his son Stephen allegedly drove a car into a canal with his parents aboard, in a fake road crash designed to kill them for their £230,000 will.
Retired British Airways worker Mr Seddon later confided in his GP he now believed the canal “accident” four months earlier had been a deliberate attempt to kill him, Manchester Crown Court heard.
The next day Stephen Seddon, 46, an “ungrateful son” with an “insatiable thirst” for his father’s cash, went to the suburban family home in Sale, Greater Manchester, and shot both parents at close range with a sawn-off shotgun, it is alleged.
Seddon, a father-of-three from Benevente Street, Seaham, County Durham, denies two counts murder on July 4 last year and two counts of attempted murder over the canal incident earlier that year on March 20.
The day before Mr Seddon and his wife Patricia, 65, were shot dead he had an appointment with his GP, the court heard.
“He had previously expressed a view the canal incident was an accident,” Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, told the jury.
“By this time he was expressing his concerns to his GP that his son had tried to kill himself and his wife when his son drove into the canal.”
Mr Seddon also told the doctor he was going to confront his son about it.
Mr Seddon and wife Patricia, 65, described as a quiet, unassuming elderly and caring couple, gifted their son £40,000 in cash and bought his home to keep a roof over his head.
But they “had to die” because the defendant stood to inherit everything in their wills, the court heard.
The day after Mr Seddon’s GP appointment, at around 5.30am on July 4 last year, his son left his wife Nicola Stockton and children at a caravan Park in Fleetwood, Lancs, where his father owned a static caravan that the parents let the family use for holidays.
Seddon went back to Seaham in his VW Passat to sign on at the benefits office.
While there he swapped his own car for a BMW borrowed from his brother-in-law, Robert Stockton Junior.
During the course of the day Seddon’s mobile made two telephone calls to a man named Brian Jopper, from Darlington, the court heard.
Jopper is a man with criminal convictions for serious offences, Mr Wright said, including involving guns.
“Somebody had to get a firearm in order to dispatch the parents of this man,” he added.
Seddon’s mobile remained in the Seaham area and during the day rang twice from calls from loan companies trying to contact the defendant.
Both times the phone was answered by his nephew, Lee Stockton, the court heard.
The BMW was traced by police Automatic Number Plate Recognition systems, and on various CCTV cameras, travelling across country and south to the North West.
At 1.33pm it was seen on CCTV driving close to his parents’ home in Clough Avenue, Sale, and 26 minutes later on the same camera leaving on the same route back - after Seddon had shot his parents dead, it is alleged.
“You are driven to the conclusion that this vehicle is the vehicle obtained by the defendant and it was him driving it there and back,” Mr Wright said.