A man on trial for the murder of a mother and her daughter is said to have been originally planning to kill his four dogs.

83 year-old John Lowe stands accused of murdering his partner, 66 year-old Christine Lee and her daughter Lucy Lee, aged 40.

Guildford Crown Court heard that Lowe shot Christine and Lucy at his farm in Surrey and after his arrest told police that they “had to be put down.” Christine’s body was discovered in a farm building and her daughter’s body was found just outside.

Two bodies were discovered at the farm in Surrey

Two bodies were discovered at the farm in Surrey

Mark Dennis QC for the Prosecution told the jury that Lowe had informed officers that he meant to put down his four dogs, but had instead shot the women first and then killed the dogs as well afterwards. The court also heard from PC Richard McEwan, the officer who had detained Lowe after his arrest. PC McEwan said that Lowe had said to him: “They had to be put down. There was nothing else I could do. I have had terrible problems with Christine. They wouldn’t let me eat.”

PC McEwan went on to detail how Lowe had said he was “glad the torment’s over with those people,” because he “couldn’t take it anymore.”

Another officer, PC Christopher Fairclough, gave evidence to say he had heard Lowe say: “I am not sorry. I am out of the problem. They are causing me problems every day.”

The trial continues.