Double-stabbing dad is sectioned

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A father who stabbed his six-year-old son and partner to death at their quiet Bolton-le-Sands home has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Paul Chadwick, 34, previously admitted the manslaughter of Joseph Chadwick and Lisa Clay, 40, on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

He repeatedly stabbed them in the family bungalow in Lowlands Road on April 9. He also stabbed himself.

Joseph, described as ‘cheeky and fun-loving’ by relatives, was found in his bedroom and Ms Clay, who worked part time at Marks and Spencer in Lancaster, in the hallway. They were discovered by a relative who visited the home after unsuccessful attempts to contact them.

At Preston Crown Court yesterday, Judge Justice King ruled that Chadwick should stay at the Guild Lodge psychiatric hospital.

He was sentenced to a hospital order and made the subject of a restriction order under the act.

DS Paul Withers, of Lancashire Police, said: “This was an absolutely tragic case involving the death of a woman and a young child in horrific circumstances and while we will probably never know why Paul Chadwick did what he did I am satisfied with the sentence and pleased the family were spared the ordeal of a trial.”

Claire Hilton, senior CPS North West prosecutor, said: “Psychiatric reports concluded that Mr Chadwick’s responsibility for his actions was substantially impaired at the time. We acknowledge that nothing can make up for the loss felt by the family and friends of Lisa Clay and Joseph Chadwick and our thoughts are very much with them.”