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Man told son he killed neighbour
Susan Rondel
Susan Rondel was shot at close range
The son of a man accused of murdering his neighbour has told a court how his father had confessed to the killing.

Michael Stockton, 44, of Audley, Staffordshire, denies murdering Susan Rondel, 48, who died of a gunshot wound to the chest last year.

Brendan Stockton, 25, told Birmingham Crown Court his father broke down and told him he had shot Mrs Rondel.

Michael Stockton is alleged to have shot his neighbour after blaming her for a fire that killed his pigeons.

He couldn't cope with what he had done
Brendan Stockton

His son told Birmingham Crown Court: "He said that he had shot Sue Rondel.

"He was telling us that he loved us and that he was sorry.

"He was just crying and said he was going to do himself in. He couldn't cope with what he had done."

Brendan Stockton, 25, told the court his father had been badly affected by the fire which destroyed his racing pigeon loft in June last year.

He also said he had received a text from Mrs Rondel, originally from Wrexham, four days before the loft fire which contained the phrase "ever heard your old man scream".

The court also heard evidence that Mrs Rondel had been shot at close range in the early hours of 27 December 2004.

The case continues.


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