Puppy Farm Shotgun Bloodbath
Double murder of mum and daughter.
We were tipped off about this horrific story by someone who wanted to expose that the killer had been given back his shotgun by the police.
Our source believed that this was a completely preventable tragedy.
Farmer John Lowe shot dead his ex-partner and her daughter in cold blood after a row.
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Puppy Farm Double Murder
A PUPPY farmer has been convicted of murdering his ex-partner and his stepdaughter by blasting them to death with a shotgun – after blundering cops returned his guns.
John Lowe, 82, shot and killed 66-year-old Christine Lee and her daughter Lucy, 40, at his farmhouse in February.
Surrey Police said that three staff in the force are being probed for gross misconduct over the decision to return Lowe’s weapons to him.
Cops seized several shotguns last year – but returned them months later, it has emerged.
Lowe then later blasted the pair to death. Today a jury of six men and six women delivered guilty verdicts over the double murder charges.
Pensioner Lowe was also convicted of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.
The hearing has been told that terrified Lucy made a “desperate” 999 call to cops after Lowe killed her mum.
She told how she was “running for her life” before telling the operator that she was going back to confront Lowe, Guildford Crown Court heard.
Lucy told the operator: “My mother has been shot. I’m running for my life.” Moments later she was killed by her stepdad.
She suffered two fatal gunshot wounds in the February attack at his farm in Tilford, near Farnham, Surrey.
Lowe allegedly told police following his arrest at his remote country estate: “They’ve been giving me s*** for weeks.
“I’m glad the torment’s over with these people. I couldn’t take it anymore, f*** it.”
During the trial Lowe claimed that Christine was shot in a “terrible accident”.
Prosecuting Mark Dennis said “belligerent” Lowe resorted to “ludicrous” claims to avoid taking the blame for the shootings after losing his temper.
Surrey Police apologised to the family after Lowe’s shotguns were returned to him in July last year following their confiscation the previous March.
The force said two reports indicated the decision was “flawed” and vowed to “co-operate fully” with an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation.
Christine Lee’s sister, Julia James, said: “John Lowe will never pay for taking the innocent lives of my sister, Christine, and my niece, Lucy Lee.
Christine was a mother, auntie and grandmother and was much loved.
“Christine and Lucy put the needs of others first. My sister had a heart of gold and was full of life. Lucy believed in protecting life and being kind to others.
“I witnessed on numerous occasions how caring Christine and Lucy had been towards Lowe. It has been heartbreaking listening to his lies.”
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