A father has admitted the manslaughter of his partner and six year old son.
Paul Chadwick, 34, of Lowlands Road, Bolton-le-Sands, admitted killing Lisa Clay, 40, and youngster Joseph Chadwick on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denied their murders.
The mother and her son were found dead at their home, a dormer bungalow on April 9.
Both had suffered multiple stab wounds.
Chadwick, who wore a beige polo shirt, appeared at Preston Crown Court via a video link from Guild Lodge secure mental health unit in Preston.
During the short hearing yesterday spoke to confirm his pleas and to indicate he understood the proceedings. Prosecuting, Stuart Denney said the pleas were acceptable to the Crown.
He said: “The Crown considered if a jury could reasonably disagree with professional opinion, and bearing in mind the evidence of the defendant’s mother about his bizarre behaviour, thing that were out of character, and his actions afterwards which involved a significant attempt on his own life, we believe the jury could not sensibly disagree with it.”
Recorder of Preston, Judge Anthony Russell QC, adjourned the case for reports to be made.
It is likely Chadwick will appear for sentence on a date to be confirmed at the end of October.
After the hearing Det Supt Andy Murphy, who investigated the tragic incident, said: “ It is a very tragic case and our thoughts are with the family.”
The funerals of Joseph and Ms Clay, who worked part-time on the checkout at Marks and Spencer in Lancaste, were held jointly at Morecambe Parish Church on May 3.
During an emotional hearing loved ones paid tribute to a fun-loving, cheeky, always smiling and beautiful’ child and loving mummy’.
Another family tribute read: “We really have had the best times with you and your Mummy Lisa. Night night our two special angels, we love you forever and ever.”
Joseph was a pupil at Bolton-le-Sands CE Primary School.
After the tragedy, his headteacher Tim Cross spoke of his shock and sadness.
“Joseph had only attended our school for a few months, but within that time he had endeared himself to us as a lovely, lively boy, full of fun, and quickly making friends in his year group,” he added.