Double killer son sentence can give ‘measure of closure’ for family

Martin Ruddy has been found guilty of the murder of both his parents.
Martin Ruddy has been found guilty of the murder of both his parents.

A South Tyneside son who has been ordered to serve two life sentences for the murder of both of his parents was motivated by ‘self preservation’ when continuing to deny the killings, prosecuors have said.

Martin Ruddy, 29, who stood to inherit nearly £90,000, bludgeoned dad Eric, 64, and strangled mum Carol, 54, at the family home in Newcastle last December.

He told police that he and his parents had been attacked by mystery assailants.

But his ‘elaborate tale’ was uncovered by police.

He was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court today.

Judge Paul Sloan QC said the double killer must serve at least 35 years before he can apply for parole.

Ruddy, of South Tyneside, denied two charges of murder but was found guilty by a jury after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Jim Hope, of CPS North East, said after Ruddy was caged, that he hoped the verdict would give the family ‘closure’.

He said: “After murdering his parents, Martin Ruddy fabricated a story in which a group of men had forced their way into his parent’s home on the evening they were murdered.

“He claimed that the men had knocked him out before killing his parents and even stabbed himself with a pair of scissors to support this elaborate tale.

“Any remorse that Ruddy may have felt initially was seemingly overtaken by his own sense of self preservation. By persisting with his lies throughout the course of the police investigation and subsequent trial, he has effectively extended the anguish that those who knew Eric and Carol undoubtedly felt. 

“I sincerely hope that the sentence passed today brings a measure of closure to those who knew Eric and Carol Ruddy, at what must be an incredibly difficult time for them all.”