Killer fails to claim victim’s money

Lisa Clay and Paul Chadwick.

Lisa Clay and Paul Chadwick.

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A man who stabbed to death his girlfriend and their six-year-old son in Lancashire has failed in his legal bid to inherit her full estate.

Paul Chadwick, 35, was already entitled to half the proceeds of any sale of the bungalow he owned with Lisa Clay, in Bolton-le-Sands, near Lancaster, but was also bidding for her half of £60,000 as well as another £20,000 of assets in her name.

Judge Mark Pelling QC rejected Chadwick’s claim in a judgment handed down in Manchester on Wednesday.

Landscape gardener Chadwick admitted two counts of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was sentenced at Preston Crown Court last October to an indefinite hospital order.

Chadwick appeared in court earlier this week to claim that Marks & Spencer employee Miss Clay, 40, would have wished him to inherit the £80,000 and said he was “very unwell” at the time of the killings on April 9 last year, which he added were “not by my hands”.

But the judge rejected his argument in a written judgment at Manchester Civil Justice Centre.