The homeless suspect has been charged with the murder of Tracey Wilkinson and her son Pierce
After a woman and her teenaged son had reportedly taken a homeless man into the family home, they were stabbed to death. The man is currently charged with their murder.
A horrific crime:
Following the triple stabbing in the West Midlands town of Stourbridge, Tracey Wilkinson, 50 and son Pierce, 13, died while husband, Peter, 47, was left fighting for his life. It’s believed that the family has answered the door to a man at 8am on Thursday morning shortly before the attack.
18-year-old daughter Lydia is by Wilkinson’s side who remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.
Aaron Barley, 23, took Wilkinson’s Land Rover and crashed it during a police chase. He has since been arrested and charged with two counts of murder and one of attempted murder.
Wilkinson’s neighbors said that they were “good Samaritans” with “hearts of gold” and had taken in the young homeless man with drug problems around Christmas in 2015.
Mrs. Wilkinson had overcome alcohol problems of her own and had invited a man she found sleeping rough in late 2015 to stay in the family’s £600,000 home, according to friends. The couple helped the man settle in a flat 30 miles away.
Despite Mr. Wilkinson gaving the man a job in his safety barrier business, he fell back into drug dependency and continued to ask for money from the couple.
Mrs Wilkinson used to volunteer at a center for people with drug and alcohol addiction.
Outside the family home, shocked friends and neighbours left soft toys and notes.
Pierce Wilkinson was a pupil at Redhill School in Stourbridge. The teenager was described by the Headteacher Stephen Dunster in a statement as “a loyal, caring and conscientious pupil, who will be sadly missed by all members of our school community.”
On Thursday, Lee Kendrick, Dudley Police Superintendent said: “What has unfolded here this morning is horrific and heart-breaking. Police and ambulance were confronted with an awful scene: a man, woman and boy all with very serious stab injuries.
He added: “Clearly our investigation is at a very early stage but we understand the suspect was known to the family and may have been living at the address – although he is not a family relative. We don’t think this was a burglary or a robbery.
Today, Aaron Barley will appear before Birmingham magistrates charged with murder and attempted murder.