Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Man tells of family deaths struggle

Claudia Oakes-Green unlawfully killed her son Thomas, 13, and her daughter Eleanor, nine, before taking her own life, inquest rules
Eleanor Oakes-Green, nine, was unlawfully killed by their mother, an inquest has concluded
Thomas Oakes-Green 13, was unlawfully killed by their mother, an inquest has concluded

The husband of a woman who slit the throats of their two children before taking her own life at their family home has said he is continuing to deal with the effects of the tragedy.

In a statement following an inquest into the three deaths, Iain Oakes-Green, 41, said he loved and missed his wife Claudia, son Thomas, 13, and daughter Eleanor, nine, very much and that it had been "a very difficult time".

In the statement released by Leicestershire Police, he said he was "continuing to face and attempt to deal with the effects of this tragedy has had on my life.

"I love and miss Claudia, Thomas and Eleanor very much and think about them constantly."

He said family, friends and colleagues had been incredibly supportive and that he "wouldn't have been able to cope without them".

The bodies of Claudia Oakes-Green, 44, Thomas and Eleanor were found at their detached house in Garendon Road in Shepshed, Leicestershire, on February 23.

A pathologist told the inquest at Loughborough Coroner's Court that the two children had died from incised wounds to the neck and chest caused by a knife.

Their bodies were discovered by police in two bedrooms. Mrs Oakes-Green was found with multiple incised wounds to her arms in the bathroom.

Coroner for Rutland and North Leicestershire Trevor Kirkman recorded a verdict of unlawful killing for the two children.

For Mrs Oakes-Green, he recorded the verdict that she "died of her own hands".

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