Killer launches claim for partner’s estate

Lisa Clay and Paul Chadwick.
Lisa Clay and Paul Chadwick.
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A man who stabbed his partner and their child to death is laying claim to £80,000 from her estate.

The bodies of Lisa Clay and Joseph Chadwick were found at their home in Bolton-le-Sands last year.

Paul Chadwick, 35, told Manchester’s High Court his partner would have wanted him to inherit the cash but he was not motivated by money.

Chadwick, formerly of Lowlands Road, admitted two counts of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was sentenced at Preston Crown Court in October to an indefinite hospital order.

Chadwick, who also attempted to kill himself before Miss Clay and Joseph’s bodies were discovered, has been allowed out of a secure mental health unit to argue his case.

Paranoid schizophrenic Paul Chadwick is seeking to exploit a loophole in the law that prevents killers profiting from their crimes.

Miss Clay’s family are contesting the claim and have been forced to use their savings to fight the case, while Chadwick has launched a claim against them for his legal costs to be paid.

A family member due to give evidence said: “I’m dreading the idea of going into the witness box and seeing him. Is it justice that he can stand there in court with the hope of claiming Lisa’s estate while we have to sit there with the prospect that he could soon be released to enjoy the spoils of his horrendous crime?”

Miss Clay’s family said: “To have Lisa and Joseph killed in this way is a tragedy we will never overcome.

“‘He has nothing to lose from taking this action, but it has caused such torment for us.”

The two-day case is due to conclude today, Tuesday.