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Family 'devastated' as homeless man is charged with murder of mother and son

The family had helped the man over the past year.

Flowers at the scene of the tragedy
Flowers at the scene of the tragedy

A MAN HAS been charged with the double murder of a mother and son in Stourbridge, England.

Aaron Barley, of no fixed address, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court yesterday, charged with two counts of murder and one of attempted murder. He was remanded to appear at Birmingham Crown Court tomorrow.

Tracey Wilkinson (50) and her 13-year-old Pierce were found with fatal stab injuries at their home on Thursday morning.

Her husband Peter remains in hospital in a stable condition after suffering stab wounds to his back and chest.

Their daughter Lydia (18) said the family “is devastated at the loss of Tracey and Pierce”.

In a statement, she said: “They were extremely loved by all of their family and friends. Pierce was a fun-loving, friendly and happy boy, who loved computer games and made everyone smile.

“Tracey was loving, caring and a wonderful mother and daughter, always putting others before herself.

Contrary to press reports, the family did not provide refuge for homeless people and the suspect had never lived at the family home, but had been assisted by the family in the past 12 months.

“The family would like to express their gratitude to the emergency services, and to thank hospital staff for their excellent care. We would appreciate privacy and respect during this distressing time.”

Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. 

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