Dad smothers toddlers before killing himself
A man believed to have killed his two young children before committing suicide at a garage was named locally today as David Cass.
Mr Cass (32), had been an employee at Paynes Road Car Sales in Southampton, where the bodies were discovered yesterday, for the past four years, his boss, John Martin, said.
The dead children were aged one and three and Mr Martin said that the younger one was called Ellie.
A Hampshire Police spokesman said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths of the man, in his 30s, and the youngsters.
Mr Martin said that Mr Cass had seemed very depressed over the last few weeks because of relationship problems with his girlfriend, who lives in the Fair Oak district of Eastleigh, Hampshire.
He told reporters that on Friday Mr Cass handed in his notice, adding: “He said to me he was going away and he had a plan. I said, ‘Don’t do anything stupid’.”
Mr Cass had been living part of the time in a caravan at the garage which is mainly an MoT testing centre.
He was also living nearby with his mother and sister.
The owner of the garage, John Mayhew, said that the police had told that him Mr Cass had smothered his two children in the caravan and had then gone into the garage and hanged himself. At the scene, forensics officers were examining both the caravan and inside the garage, which remains cordoned off.
Mr Mayhew said he had been told his premises could be closed for some time while officers pieced together exactly what had happened.
He said he also believed that Mr Cass phoned his estranged girlfriend and other family members in the minutes before he murdered his children and then killed himself.