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Life for mother and baby murderer

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Anthony Marsh killed girlfriend Stephanie Bellinger, 24, and their baby daughter Lili

A bar manager has been jailed for life for the murder of his girlfriend and their 10-month-old daughter in a “sustained and fearsome” knife attack after hearing voices saying he should kill them.

Anthony Marsh plunged the weapon into half-naked Stephanie Bellinger, 24, more than 30 times as she slept in the bedroom of their home in Totton, Hampshire, in February this year.

The prosecution said the killing of Miss Bellinger had “powerful elements of sexual motivation and revenge”.

Their daughter Lili Marsh was stabbed once through the head as she lay on the same bed.

The 22-year-old admitted the killings, but denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Marsh closed his eyes as the jury at Winchester Crown Court gave its verdict after 10 hours of deliberations.

The judge, Mr Justice Holroyde, will pass sentence on Wednesday morning when he will tell Marsh the minimum term he will serve before he is eligible for parole.

The jury heard during the two-week trial that Marsh suffered from bipolar disorder and the family were in £13,000 debt, partly because he lost his job after he stole from a pub he worked in.

He often fled the family home and went to other cities, sleeping rough before handing himself in at hospitals.

Marsh told police he heard voices telling him to kill his girlfriend and daughter. He did not kill the couple’s two and half-year-old son, who he left locked in the house after the murders, because he was able to resist the voices.

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