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Double axe murder suspect had 14-year IVF battle


The man suspected of a double axe murder of a mother and son had a 14-year, £4,500 IVF battle to conceive a child, it was revealed yesterday.

Double axe murder suspect had 14-year IVF battle

Michael Kelly, 45, was arrested by armed police on Monday over the deaths of Sally Cox, 43, and her son Martin Faulkner, 21.

Ms Cox’s two daughters, Katie, aged 13, and Amy, 19, were also in the house at the time of the incident, in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Amy was severely injured while Katie escaped unharmed.

It can now be revealed that Kelly and former wife Susanne had son Jacob, now eight, through in-vitro fertilisation in June 2002.

They described Jacob as a ”miracle baby” and ”the answer to our dreams”.

The couple, both then living in Liden, near Swindon, Wilts., had already suffered two ectopic pregnancies – where the egg attaches itself to the outside of the womb and rarely survives.

Mrs Kelly gave birth by emergency Caesarean section at the former Princess Margaret Hospital in Berkshire after spending £4,500 on IVF at a private clinic in Essex.

But Kelly was upset the pair could not be treated on the NHS as restrictions in Wiltshire at the time meant only women aged 35 when referred by their doctor were eligible.

Speaking in 2002 Kelly said: ”There are so many different restrictions about who can be treated that most people are ruled out.

”Saying that IVF is available on the NHS is a joke.”

Susanne Kelly, who Michael walked out on when he met Mrs Cox last year, described son Jacob as ”perfect” back in 2002.

She said: ”He is the answer to our dreams and he is perfect in every way.”

Kelly has been charged with two counts of murder and one of assault.

He was remanded in police custody and is due to appear before Banbury magistrates today.



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