Racist dad slaughtered his partner and daughter but spared youngest child because she was “pure Aryan”
A racist dad slaughtered his partner and daughter in an “appalling” axe and knife attack but spared his youngest child because she was “pure Aryan”.
John Miller, 38, killed his partner Sarah Laycock, 31, and their eight-year-old daughter Abigail at their home in Garforth, Leeds.
After carrying out the savage attack, the “jealous and controlling” father left his daughter Amelia, 4, for at least 12 hours in the house with the bodies of her mother and sister.
The youngster has been left so terrified of her father she now asks relatives “what is the size of the padlock on daddy’s door?”.
Leeds Crown Court heard how cannabis abuser Miller carried out the killings during a psychotic episode.
He denied murder but admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Mr Justice Coulson today gave Miller a life sentence and told him he must serve a minimum of 15 years.
The court heard that Miller told police he carried out the killings on January 14 last year after hearing voices from his computer.
He also claimed to have seen aliens and made a foil hat for himself to block out signals.
The judge was told how Miller expressed racist views and was a British National Party member. He said that he did not kill Amelia because she was “a pure Aryan”.
Miller attacked Sarah, a deputy headteacher, with a knife, stabbing her 19 times around the face, neck and chest – with one wound going through her eye.
He then hit her four times in the face with an axe.
The court heard that Abigail must have put up a considerable struggle, due to defensive injuries she suffered. She was finally killed with a wound to the neck.
Police found Miss Laycock’s body in the kitchen and her daughter was in the living room.
The court heard that police officers who were called to the incident and who were involved in the investigation were deeply affected by what they witnessed. One officer has since resigned due to the trauma.
After leaving the house, Miller went on a violent rampage, attacking paramedics who were called to the Fairburn Ings nature reserve.
When they fled, leaving him in the ambulance, he took off his clothes and was shouting and making racist remarks when officers arrived.
Miller told police that the night before the killings, he ate with his family and said it felt like their last meal together.
He also said they watched Coronation Street together.
The judge said Miller had a “jealous and controlling” nature and was clearly a dangerous man.
He said three psychiatrists disagreed about whether Miller was a paranoid schizophrenic and should be treated in a mental hospital.
The judge said he had decided it was not appropriate to grant a hospital order in this case.