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Man Jailed For Murdering Mum ,Her daughter

A man has been jailed for at least 36 years for murdering a mother and her two-year-old girl then burying their bodies under his kitchen floor.

Andrew Innes, 52, stabbed and beat 25-year-old Bennylyn Burke to death with a hammer before strangling her daughter Jellica at his home in Dundee.

He had lured Bennylyn from Bristol to Dundee after targeting her through a dating website in February 2021.

Innes was found guilty of their murders after a five-day trial.

He was jailed for life and will have to serve a minimum of 36 years before he can apply for parole.

Bennylyn and Jellica’s family said they would be “forever haunted” by what they described as “the worst cruelty we could ever imagine”.

Judge Lord Beckett said the “difficult and harrowing” case was one of the worst crimes to have come before a Scottish court.

Innes had admitted killing Bennylyn and Jellica but denied murder, claiming that he had diminished responsibility.

However, Lord Beckett told the jury that there had been no evidence during the trial to show that Innes had been suffering from mental impairment at the time of the killings.

As a result, he instructed them to find Innes guilty of both murders.

The jury also found him guilty of sexually assaulting Jellica, raping another child, and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Members of Bennylyn and Jellica’s family wept in court as the jury delivered their verdict after two hours and 26 minutes of deliberations.

The trial at the High Court in Edinburgh heard that Innes met Bennylyn, who had moved to the UK from the Philippines in 2019, on a dating site in February 2021.

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