Murder accused claims ginger raider killed his parents as they watched Olly Murs

Martin Ruddy is charged with murdering both of his parents.
Martin Ruddy is charged with murdering both of his parents.

A son gave a detailed description of his parents’ killers after he was arrested and blamed for their murders, jurors have heard.

Martin Ruddy told detectives his parents were murdered by mystery attackers who stormed their home last December, wearing black hoodies and gloves.

Eric and Carol Ruddy, who were murdered at their home in Newcastle. Their son, Martin, has been accused of killing them.

Eric and Carol Ruddy, who were murdered at their home in Newcastle. Their son, Martin, has been accused of killing them.

The 29-year-old said the strangers barged into the living room after his dad answered at knock at the door while the family sat watching TV at their home in Elswick, Newcastle.

The married dad said he had been knocked out when the killings happened and that ran out of the house for help when he regained consciousness.

Prosecutors claim the debt ridden bouncer and businessman, who had been living in South Shields, murdered his parents then staged the armed raid to cover his tracks.

Ruddy denies murdering his mother Carol, 54, and dad Eric, 64, and is being tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.

Jurors have heard transcripts read out of the detailed questioning of Ruddy after the killings.

He told police he had been sitting watching an Olly Murs programme with his parents when the men came to the door.

He said one of the strangers had ginger hair and added: “He had a bit of stubble, no distinctive marks.

“He was slim build.”

He told police the ginger raider was carrying a hammer in his hand.

Ruddy said the second attacker was brown haired.

He added; “He was more podgy than the other guy, a little bit shorter as well.

“He had no beard. His face was slightly red, like a pinky colour, a flustered colour.”

Ruddy said he believed a third attacker may have been in the house because he heard banging and creaking floorboards upstairs.

Ruddy said his father had gone out of the room with the ginger attacker and it was when he went to look for him he got hit twice to the head and passed out.

He said when he regained consciousness he saw his dad lying in the passageway.

Ruddy told police: “I came to and then I saw my dad at the end of the passage, I go towards him to see if he’s ok.

“I get nothing from him.

“At the end of the passageway is where the front door is. I leave out of the front door to go next door.”

Ruddy said after summoning help he and some neighbours went back to the house, where he found his mother lying in the living room.

He added: “I was just back and forward, seeing if dad was okay, back to my mam.

“Other people in the house were getting me away from what was going on.”

Ruddy said he had a good relationship with both of his parents, despite problems in the past with his dad’s drinking.

He said: “Its a good relationship. I am always there for my mam and dad.”

Ruddy denies murder.

The trial continues.