Who is Aaron Barley and why did he murder Tracey and Pierce Wilkinson in their Stourbridge home?

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A HOMELESS man has admitted slaughtering a mum and son after he was taken into their home.

Deranged Aaron Barley snarled “Just die you b*****d” while knifing dad Peter Wilkinson after murdering Tracey Wilkinson, 50, and 13-year-old Pierce. We reveal all…

 Twisted Aaron Barley murdered a mum and son after they took him into their home

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Twisted Aaron Barley murdered a mum and son after they took him into their home

Who is Aaron Barley?

Crack addict Barley, 24, had a record of violence stretching back to when he was 12, had a hitlist of people he wanted to kill and wrote on Facebook he dreamed of “chopping people up”.

He had been jailed for three years when he was 18 for attacking an ex-girlfriend with a length of wood.

As details of his 21 prior convictions were read out to the court – including assault and arson – Barley shouted: “I’ve done what I’ve done, there’s no need to stand here and lie.”

The killer was taken in by kind-hearted Tracey at her Stourbridge home after she saw him begging outside a Tesco.

She helped get him a job and he once described her as the “mother he’d never had”.

The couple also found him a flat but he sneaked back into their home and stabbed naked Tracey up to 20 times in her bed and 13-year-old Pierce a dozen times.

Barley admitted murdering the mum and teenage boy during the first of his trial at Birmingham Crown Court on October 3.

How did he murder Tracey and Pierce Wilkinson?

Tracey had fallen for ­Barley’s “sob story” that he was an abused child and just wanted “someone to give him a chance in life”.

The mum, who had beaten her own booze problem, persuaded company boss Peter, 47, to let him stay at their £650,000 luxury home although Pierce and his sister Lydia, 19, could not stand the “weirdo” being in the house.

 Peter Wilkinson with his children Lydia and Pierce - who was killed in an attack at the family home

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Peter Wilkinson with his children Lydia and Pierce – who was killed in an attack at the family home

Chilling footage captured Barley lurking in the Wilkinson family’s garden moments before launching his deadly attack on March 30.

The monster lay in wait in the grounds for nine hours wearing a hood and gloves.

He can be seen crawling around the lawn dressed as a ninja as he waited for Peter to take the family dog for a walk.

The twisted killer then broke into the home and launched into a frenzied knife attack.

Barley stabbed Tracey and Pierce to death as they slept before charging Peter when he returned home.

Sick Barley shouted “Die you b******” as he knifed Peter six times in the head, chest and back.

As he lay in the pool of his own blood company director Peter managed to call the emergency services and somehow survived the frenzied attack.

 Tragic Tracey and Pierce were butchered as they slept in their beds

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Tragic Tracey and Pierce were butchered as they slept in their beds

Incredible video shows the drug addict racing away from the murder scene in a frantic bid to escape.

Barley is seen breaking into the Land Rover on CCTV, while dashcam footage captures him mounting onto pavements and weaving in and out of traffic.

He eventually smashes into a garden wall.

Schoolboy Pierce was stabbed with such force one of the blows “almost divided his spinal chord” and Tracey was struck with the blade up to 20 times.

Peter had said “Aaron, we tried to help you” before he was left gravely injured in the front garden with stab wounds to the face, abdomen and back.

He was in intensive care for six days after undergoing life saving surgery and didn’t know his son had died until he came round from surgery.

Daughter Lydia, 19, was away at Bristol University at the time and believed she was going to lose her dad as well as her mum and brother.

Why did he murder Tracey and Pierce Wilkinson?

In January this year, Barley obtained full-time work and started to live in a flat in Brierley Hill, near Stourbridge.

He would see the family once or twice a week for dinner and had spent Christmas Day.

But he may have been pushed over the edge when a mobile phone contract, which was being paid for him, was cancelled by the family.

 Tracey Wilkinson's daughter Lydia and husband Peter arrive at Birmingham Crown Court

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Tracey Wilkinson’s daughter Lydia and husband Peter arrive at Birmingham Crown Court

Barley spent the night before his double murder skulking around the Wilkinson’s family home, waiting in the garden for almost six hours until he spotted Peter taking the family dog Mandy out for a walk before carrying out the rampage.

After his arrest he refused to take a blood test that would have shown if he was on drugs or drunk at the time and never explained his actions.

However, the court heard he bragged in custody about the killings and said he was “glad” they were dead, with his only regret being not managing to murder Peter.

 Barley about to enter the Stourbridge home moments before he butchered Tracey and Pierce Wilkinson

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Barley about to enter the Stourbridge home moments before he butchered Tracey and Pierce Wilkinson

Barley laughed about the murders of Tracey and Pierce while speaking to a nurse – and told a policewoman: “I chopped them up – I don’t need a solicitor.”

Detective Superintendent Tom Chisholm, West Midland Police’s Head of Homicide, said Barley was “generally uncooperative” so they never got a reason for the brutal killing.

Describing the “random” murders as the most shocking he had dealt with, he added: “There is usually a build-up or a motive or a grudge of something, but this one is just very random.”

The court also heard that psychiatric reports found no evidence of diminished responsibility.

Chilling CCTV shows homeless man Aaron Barley hiding in garden of family before sneaking in to slaughter Tracey Wilkinson, 50, and 13-year-old Pierce

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