Arson triple killer locked up for life

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A psychopath who killed his landlady and her two children by setting fire to their home was jailed for life yesterday. Darren Carr, 25, who had been living with his landlady Susan Hearmon, 25, denied murdering her and her daughters Kylie, 6, and Julie Anne, 4, last June.

Birmingham Crown Court accepted his guilty pleas to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Doctors said Carr was not mentally ill when he torched the terraced house in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, but had a psychopathic personality disorder.

Mr Justice Hidden told Carr his release date would not be reviewed by the parole board for eight years and they would be told not to consider freeing him until he was no longer a danger to the public.