Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By COLIN HURST news@sun­daysport.co.uk

A HOME­LESS drug user who turned on a fam­ily that helped him has ad­mit­ted mur­der­ing a mum and her 13-year-old son in a fren­zied knife at­tack.

Aaron Bar­ley dressed him­self in black and put on a bal­a­clava be­fore stab­bing Tracey Wilkin­son 17 times and in­flict­ing eight knife wounds on her son Pierce.

Birm­ing­ham Crown Court was told that Bar­ley – who was given food, friend­ship and shel­ter by Mrs Wilkin­son – waited through the night un­til her hus­band Peter left the house to walk his dog be­fore en­ter­ing the un­locked prop­erty.

Pros­e­cu­tor Karim Khalil QC said Bar­ley killed Mrs Wilkin­son in her bed and her son in his room, then at­tacked her hus­band as he re­turned home, shout­ing “Die you bas­tard” as he stabbed the 47-year-old.

Bar­ley – who had cov­ered his yel­low train­ers in black socks – knifed Mr Wilkin­son six times on his lawn be­fore flee­ing in his vic­tim’s Land Rover.

Mr Khalil told the court Bar­ley, 24, was a “com­pul­sive liar and ma­nip­u­la­tor” who was also given a job, ac­com­mo­da­tion and a mo­bile phone af­ter Mrs Wilkin­son met him out­side a su­per­mar­ket and took him home.

Mr Khalil told the court: “Upon Peter’s re­turn from work, Aaron Bar­ley was in the fam­ily kitchen eat­ing Peter’s din­ner, which had been given to him by Tracey.

“Bar­ley pre­sented as scruffy and smelly. Tracey said that she had found him sleep­ing rough out­side Tesco. There­after the de­fen­dant went to a hos­tel whilst ac­com­mo­da­tion was ar­ranged through the coun­cil. He was fed ev­ery evening in the Wilkin­sons’ home.”


Mr Khalil said Bar­ley had at­tended an al­co­hol and drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre, where 50-year-old Mrs Wilkin­son helped out.

Bar­ley told vol­un­teers at the cen­tre he wanted to kill some­one with a knife – with his “two aims in life” be­ing to kill a po­lice­man and a prison of­fi­cer.

The court also heard how Bar­ley was given a job by Mr Wilkin­son, as a labourer in New­port, South Wales.

Bar­ley, who vis­ited the fam­ily on Christ­mas Day and was given lunch, was re­ported to po­lice af­ter his for­mer fos­ter carer be­came con­cerned about mes­sages posted on Face­book.

Among the posts was a threat made by Bar­ley against “my fam­ily that have not spo­ken to me in years” and mes­sages rais­ing his un­sta­ble state and the pos­si­bil­ity of a “killing spree”.

Mr Khalil told the court: “Just be­fore 8am, Peter re­turned home. He went to open the back door to the kitchen and was met by the at­tack­ing fig­ure of Aaron Bar­ley. He de­scribes the de­fen­dant as act­ing like a ninja. He re­alised im­me­di­ately who he was.”

Bar­ley will be sen­tenced on Wed­nes­day.

VIC­TIM: Tracey had taken pity on her killer KILLER: Aaron Bar­ley also stabbed to death Pierce ( right), 13

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