Farmer shot partner and her daughter leaving scene of “carnage” - court hears
NewsThursday 09 October 2014
Farmer John Lowe, 83, shot his partner and her daughter at his dog breeding farm in Surrey this February, Guildford Crown Court heard.
The farmer left the scene in “carnage” according to the police after he murdered his partner Christine Lee, 66, and her daughter Lucy, 40.
Lucy Lee called 99 from the scene and was heard saying: "I don't know if I'm going to be alive if I go back in there. He shot my mum."
Mr Lowe, who runs Keepers Cottage Stud dog breeding farm near Farnham, has denied two counts of murder and a firearms charge.
Mark Dennis QC, prosecuting, said to the jury that during a “desperate” call, Ms Lee said that she believed she was going to be killed by Mr Lowe.
Speaking at the case, he said: "The female caller was in a frightened and frantic state, saying that a man called John Lowe had just shot her mother and that she was herself running for her life.
"Moments later, showing extraordinary courage, the caller indicated that she had made the decision to go back to the scene of the incident, saying as she ran: 'I'm gonna go back for him but I'll die', followed by 'I'm nearly outside the house and I fear he's going to shoot me'.
"Her last words to the operator were: 'I don't know if I'm going to be alive if I go back in there. He shot my mum. Bye'."
Christine Lee’s body was discovered inside the main building at the farm and her daughter Lucy was discovered outside, near the animal pens.
Mr Dennis also said that the police officers were met with a “scene of carnage” when they arrived at the farm.
He went on to add that after being arrested, Mr Lowe “made no apology for shooting the two women”.
Mr Lowe claimed that he had intended to “put down” four dogs in the morning and claimed that his shotgun had gone off and accidentally hit Christine Lee at point blank range after an argument.
He was recorded in police interviews as saying that he had intended to kill himself after the shootings, however, his guns had failed to go off.
Mr Dennis said: "This is a man who has known and used shotguns for many years who has fired and reloaded at least once.
"You might have thought if he had wanted to commit suicide he, of all people, would have known how to."
The results of the post-mortem revealed that Christine Lee had been shot in the chest from less than a foot away and Lucy Lee had received a fatal shot to the back of the head.
Four dogs - three German shepherds and a Labrador - were also found shot at the farm.