Son accused of parents’ murder asked ‘they’re going to be alright, aren’t they?’ as 999 crews tried to save their lives

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

A son accused of murdering his parents asked “they’re going to be alright, aren’t they?” as emergency services tried to save their lives at the scene, a court heard.

Martin Ruddy is accused of bludgeoning dad Eric, 64, and strangling mum Carol, 54, with a television cable at their home in Newcastle in December last year.

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, of South Shields, is said to have then staged a burglary by trashing the house and causing injuries to himself so he could put the blame the attacks on hooded intruders.

He denies two charges of murder and is being tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.

The first police officer who arrived at the murder scene that night today told jurors that people outside the house appeared “panic stricken” when he got there, and were shouting for help.

Pc Rob Thorpe said he had been called to the house after a report of three people being stabbed.

He said ‘someone has come in and attacked us. Help my mam’.

Pc Rob Thorpe

The officer told the court: “I immediately saw an older male lying on the floor in the hallway, just inside the door.

“The male was lying on the floor and he had blood around his head.”

The officer said he went further into the house to look for more casualties while a neighbour performed chest compressions on the obviously-injured man.

Pc Thorpe said he next saw Ruddy, who appeared pale and had a number of superficial scratches to his head.

The officer added: “He had what appeared to be blood on his right chest, towards his shoulder and he said ‘someone has come in and attacked us. Help my mam’.

“I could see over his shoulder, into the living room and I could see someone lying on the floor.”

The officer said, on closer inspection, he saw it was a woman lying on the living room floor, and he performed CPR on her after removing a scart cable which was wrapped around her neck.

The court heard paramedics who arrived at the scene joined in the attempts to try to save the couple, as Ruddy remained in the house getting “agitated and restless” and trying to get to his mother.

Pc Thorpe added: “I told him to say where he was and we were doing everything we could.”

The court heard Ruddy was arrested on suspicion of murder while still at the scene.

The officer said he saw the arrest happen and added: “The only thing I can recall him saying was the word ‘what?’, in the form of a question.”

Ruddy was then taken away in handcuffs.

During cross examination, Pc Thorpe said Ruddy had asked “They’re going to be alright aren’t they?” while the emergency services worked on his parents.

Ruddy denies two charges of murder. The trial continues.