Garry Lockhart admits killing wife and son

Janet Lockhart and son Michael

Janet Lockhart and son Michael

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A MAN accused of murdering his wife and son has admitted killing them.

Garry Lockhart, 33, offered to plead guilty to murdering his wife and the culpable homicide of his son, on the grounds of diminished responsibility at the High Court in Edinburgh on Thursday.

But the Crown rejected his pleas and he is now on trial for murdering the pair.

Janet Lockhart and her two-year-old son Michael were found dead in their home in South Chesters Lane, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, on December 28 last year.

It is alleged he strangled his wife and smothered his son.

Janet’s father, John Hood, 58, told the court that Lockhart was his daughter’s first “serious boyfriend”.

The pair married in June 2010 and had their son Michael the following year.

The court heard how the entire family had enjoyed Christmas Day together but Mr Hood said he

his wife had contacted him on the three days later to say she had not heard from their daughter Janet.

Finding no answer from their house, Mr Hood contacted Police Scotland who broke into the property.

He was asked to remain outside and was later told his daughter and grandson were dead.

“There are no words to describe it,” Mr Hood said.

Paul Simpson, 33, who worked with Lockhart at the Scotmid funeral parlour, told the jury that Lockhart adored his family and was looking forward to Christmas with them.

On December 28, Mr Simpson’s partner told him Lockhart had been on the phone early in the morning and he called back.

“He (Lockhart) was quite hysterical and kept saying ‘I have lost my family and done something stupid,’” he said.

“I asked him about that and he said ‘They are away. I have done something really bad’.

“He was talking very, very quickly and crying.”

Mr Simpson said he thought there had been an argument and Janet had gone to her parent’s house.

Lockhart had written to Mr Simpson from prison telling him that he had tried to take his own life and said: “I wish I had not got drunk that night”.

The trial before Lady Wise was adjourned until tomorrow