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  • 25 February 2014, 21:14

Man, 82, Charged With Shooting Women Dead

A elderly man has been charged over the deaths of two women whose bodies were found at a puppy farm.

John Leo Lowe, 82, was arrested after police were called to Keepers Cottage Stud in Farnham, Surrey, on Sunday.

The bodies of Christine Lee, 66, and her daughter Lucy, 40, were found at the property, along with the bodies of four dogs.

Lowe faces two counts of murder and a charge of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Surrey Police said he has been remanded in custody and will appear at Guildford Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

The women were known to Lowe, police said. Post-mortem examinations showed they died from gunshot wounds.

The body of one woman was found inside, while the body of the other woman was found outside near animal pens to the back of the house.

No one else was at the property at the time and a long-barrelled firearm was recovered from the scene.

Three German shepherds and a labradorwere also shot dead and were removed from the farm by the RSPCA. The charity confirmed it had visited the property, along with other agencies, over the last few years.

A spokesman said that following the deaths it had "removed one cat and 10 dogs, including a number of puppies, from the property. These include Chihuahuas, pomeranians, shih tzus and an Old English sheepdog-type".

It also intended to remove a small number of exotic birds and RSPCA staff are caring for a large number of chickens and four horses.

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