OAP accused of double murder

Police outside a property on Sandygate at Wath where two bodies were discovered
Police outside a property on Sandygate at Wath where two bodies were discovered

An OAP has appeared in court charged with the double murder of a mum and her daughter in a quiet residential street.

Peter Redfern, 70, is accused of killing Jean and Sarah Redfern, aged 67 and 33, after their bodies were found when police were called to a bungalow in Wath-upon-Dearne.

Their deaths have left the tight-knit community stunned.

Neighbours believed that Redfern lived in the well kept detached bungalow in Sandygate with his wife and daughter.

A post mortem examination revealed that Jean died from asphyxiation and Sarah died from severe head injuries, police said.

Horrified neighbours told how police and paramedics swarmed into the street at around 7pm on Monday.

Martyn Hardaker, 48, of Slade Road, Swinton, visits his mother at her Sandygate bungalow regularly.

He said: “They were always friendly and open and would sometimes be pottering in their garden so I would stop to chat. No-one can believe what’s happened.”

Neighbour Mairi Beighton, said: “I had been out and came home to find the police outside – and when you see forensics going in you know it’s serious.”

She said she knew Sarah from her job at Bon Marche in Rotherham, and they would often chat on the street and on the bus.

Helen Hughes, 75, of Sandygate, said: “Sarah is a lovely young woman.

“They are a lovely family, very private, but they always say hello. This will shock and sadden people.”

David Bradbury, 49, added: “This is a nice area, so I am absolutely shocked.”

Following the discovery police sealed off the bungalow as forensic scientists combed the scene for clues.

Redfern was due to appear before Rotherham magistrates as the Times went to press.