Burnley man convicted in brutal double murder retrial

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A BURNLEY man has been convicted of murdering his late mother’s partner in a savage attack at a Burnley flat in which another man was also murdered.

In a retrial at Preston Crown Court, Kenneth Howson (26) had admitted using violence on Mr James Atkinson (55) saying he did so to shut him up as the other man kept talking about his late mother.

Mr Atkinson had earlier been in a relationship with the defendant’s mother, Pamela Brown, who died from an overdose of insulin belonging to Mr Atkinson, a chronic diabetic.

Howson insisted he had hit him several times to the face with an empty wine bottle, but knew he had not killed him at a flat in Waddington Avenue, Brunshaw.

Howson, of Williams Road, now faces sentencing tomorrow along with Daniel Waddington (22) formerly of Pine Street, Burnley.

It means both men have now been found guilty of the murders of Waddington Avenue occupant Neil Gilmore (55) and Mr Atkinson who were killed last October.

The jury at Preston Crown Court took just over an hour before the unanimous verdict was returned.

Judge Mr Justice MacDuff told them: “For what it’s worth, I wholly agree.”

He said Howson and Waddington would receive life sentences, “the inevitable consequence for a murder conviction.”

The two men will be sentenced alongside Howson’s 18-year-old brother Lee Howson, who previously admitted perverting the course of justice by trying to dispose of some clothes.