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Stourbridge stabbing: Aaron Barley admits murder

Stourbridge stabbing: Aaron Barley admits murder

Pierce Wilkinson (left) was killed in the attack while his father Peter was seriously injured. Pierce's sister Lydia was at university at the time
A homeless man who turned on a family who befriended him has admitted murdering the mother and her 13-year-old son.Tracey and Pierce Wilkinson were stabbed to death at their home in Stourbridge, West Midlands.The boy's father, Peter, was seriously injured in the attack but survived.Aaron Barley, 23, of no fixed address, admitted the killings at Birmingham Crown Court on what would have been the first day of his trial.He previously admitted the attempted murder of Mr Wilkinson.
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Aaron Barley admitted the two murders on what would have been the first day of his trial
The family first met Barley after Mrs Wilkinson decided "off-the-cuff" to help him when she saw him trying to keep warm in a cardboard box while she was out shopping.She helped him find accommodation, arranged daily meals for him where he was or at their home and her husband went on to employ him as a labourer in April last year.On the day of the attack in March this year, Mr Wilkinson said he was jumped on by Barley in their kitchen after he returned home from a morning dog walk.Mrs Wilkinson, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene, while Pierce died after being taken to hospital.Mr Wilkinson, 47, managed to phone the emergency services after being stabbed six times and spent 11 days in hospital recovering from his wounds.He was found in the garden of the family home with facial lacerations, dozens of deep stab wounds and ended up needing almost 100 stitches and spent six days in intensive care.The couple's daughter Lydia, 18, was away at university at the time.
Tracey Wilkinson died at the family home in Stourbridge
Dressed all in black, Barley was brandishing a big knife over his head and started stabbing him.As they grappled, leaving a trail of blood around the home, Mr Wilkinson was stabbed six times - twice in the face, twice in the abdomen and twice in the back.He then heard his car being driven off their gravel drive. It was only when he spoke to the emergency services in a chair in the garden did he realise he was "actually dying".
Barley fled from the scene in the family's 4x4
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