Parents put lock on bedroom door before mentally ill son killed them

Anthony Tipping and Tricia Livesey were each stabbed more than 150 times (Image: MEN)

A couple who were stabbed by their mentally ill son told friends they watched him sleep, a court heard.

Lee Tipping, 36, admits killing his parents Anthony Tipping and Tricia Livesey – but denies murder on the night of November 19 last year.

Neighbors and friends of the mother and father told Preston Crown Court the couple had put a lock on their bedroom door but written death threats were shoved underneath.

They were discovered with around 165 stab wounds each following the incident near Blackburn in Higher Walton, LancsLive reported.

On Friday, the third day of her son’s trial, the jury heard testimony about Tipping’s deteriorating mental health – saying that rows erupted from the family home on Cann Bridge Street in the months leading up to the murders.

The couple were found dead at the property after family members sounded the alarm on Saturday November 20.

They had been at Higher Walton the night before with Mrs Livesey’s sister Catherine and her husband Martin.

But around midnight, the couple’s neighbors heard loud banging and shouting. Tracey Wells likened the sound to “someone smashing down a door”.

A couple who were stabbed by their mentally ill son told friends they put a lock on their bedroom door if they woke up and found him watching over them. Lee Tipping, 36, admits killing his father Anthony Tipping and mother Tricia Livesey but denies murder at Preston Crown Court. Caption: Police officers at the scene.

The murders occurred at the family home in Higher Walton (Picture: MEN)

Ms Wells and her husband Steve discussed how to respond, knowing Tipping was afraid of the police – and they didn’t want to make the situation worse.

She explained that they were considering going next door to check on their neighbors, but the argument seemed to have died down, so they assumed it had died down.

Mr Wells said he heard Ms Livesey yell: “Lee, stop”.

His wife added that she heard her neighbor say, ‘What have you done?’

Ms Wells said Mr Tipping had previously told her he put a lock on the bedroom out of concern for her son.

The next morning, Ms Wells checked Facebook, which suggested Ms Livesey had been active, and texted Mr Wells offering her support.

A couple who were stabbed by their mentally ill son told friends they put a lock on their bedroom door if they woke up and found him watching over them. Lee Tipping, 36, admits killing his father Anthony Tipping and mother Tricia Livesey but denies murder at Preston Crown Court.

The pair told friends they would wake up to find him watching over them (Image: MEN MEDIA)

She wrote: “Just checking to see if you and Trish are okay? I heard some excitement last night and I was worried about you. I just didn’t know what we should/could have done to help you. If you need anything now or in the future please let us know x.”

The couple said the pair were the best neighbors they could ask for, but were aware their son had mental health issues.

Barmaid Tracey Ainsworth also told the court about a conversation she had with the couple at the Swan Inn about six to eight weeks before her death.

She said they were in the beer garden and seemed calmer than usual.

Mrs Livesey told her they put a lock on the door but Tipping slipped letters under it saying he was going to murder her, she said.

Ms Ainsworth told her friend to promise to keep the letters as Mr Tipping said they were “hitting a brick wall” with mental health services and she thought they could be evidence of getting more support.

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On November 18, Ms Ainsworth said she saw Tipping in the village’s Premier store and heard him speaking to owner ‘H’.

The court heard that Tipping had claimed he was off his medication and no longer drinking lager, only drinking vodka.

The jury was told that the defendant was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 2004 and suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety.

Medical records indicate that he ordered his prescriptions correctly.

But he was taking antipsychotic medication, and the absence of one of his prescriptions could have a “destabilizing” effect, jurors heard.

A post-mortem revealed that Tipping’s father was stabbed at least 165 times.

Ms Livesey was injured with 162 stab wounds, the court heard.

The week before the murders, Tipping took a course to qualify as a door attendant. But his tutor Liam Hughes said despite his enthusiasm he seemed discouraged towards the end of the week.

Mr Hughes said he told Tipping to rest over the weekend and come back on Monday – but the accused did not come back.

On November 20, he was arrested by armed police at a Premier Inn in Manchester city center after attempting to flee the country.

He admitted to killing his parents but claimed his father attacked him with a knife.

Tipping suggested that he then killed his mother to prevent her from calling the police.

He admits manslaughter but says he lost control while defending himself and denies murder.

The process goes on.

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