A CONMAN has been jailed for life and told he will serve at least 40 years before can be paroled after the cold-blooded execution of his parents to collect his £230,000 inheritance.
Convicted fraudster Stephen Seddon, 46, continued to deny his guilt, shaking his head and shouting “I’m an innocent man!” as he was told he will be 86 before he will be eligible for release.
He had tried to murder his father, Robert Seddon, 68, and mother, Patricia, 65, by driving into a canal with them strapped in the back seats in a faked road accident.
Seddon then “played the hero” in the aftermath of the “accident”, boasting of his supposed rescue attempts after aborting the murder plan when bystanders went to their aid in the submerged car.
But after that plan failed, four months later the father-of-three blasted the couple to death with a sawn-off shotgun at their suburban home in Sale, Greater Manchester.
His parents had made him sole beneficiary of their £230,000 estate in their will - and paid with their lives.
Seddon was given a mandatory life sentence for two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder after being convicted by a jury at Manchester Crown Court yesterday.
Passing sentence, Mr Justice Hamblen told the defendant that in Greek mythology men who killed their own parents suffered eternally “throughout time... it being recognised as a terrible crime”.
At one point Seddon shouted from the dock: “No, not at all, they were not murdered by me at all. I’m an innocent man!”
But the judge told him to “Keep quiet!” and continued his sentencing remarks.
“In effect you have executed your own parents,” he told Seddon.
“One can only imagine the horror of your parents’ last moments in this life, when they realised what a monster their son, whom they loved, had become.
“Mercifully their deaths were swift.
“The reason for the attempted murders and the murders was greed. You needed money. You had lost your job. You had a mortgage. You had a family to support. You had some grand plans.
“Despite the fact that your parents had always been very generous in supporting you, you wanted more and you wanted it now - hence the plan to kill them and get your inheritance up front.
“The attempt at murder having failed, you decided on a more ruthless and definitive method of killing. You obtained a sawn-off shotgun from criminal associates.
“In Greek mythology, someone who killed a parent would be pursued until death by the Furies.
“Throughout time it has been recognised as a terrible and unnatural crime.
“You have killed not one parent but both of them.
“You have done so for gain.
“You have done so having first tried unsuccessfully to kill them by other means.
“You have done so by the barbaric act of shooting them at point- blank range with a sawn-off shotgun.”