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Probe continues into family deaths

Police are still investigating the reasons why a father apparently killed his wife and two young daughters, an inquest has heard.

Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Chris Fitchet said Hampshire officers were piecing together background information to find a motive for the Case family tragedy.

The hearing in Southampton came eight days after the bodies of Andrew Case, 33, his wife Victoria, 31, and their two children Phoebe, two, and one-year-old Nereya were found dead at their semi-detached home in Fordingbridge.

DCI Fitchet told Southampton Coroner Keith Wiseman that the bodies of Mrs Case and the two youngsters were found downstairs in the lounge. HGV driver Case was found hanging from the balustrade on the upstairs landing.

Mrs Case suffered incised wounds to her neck and chest but how the children died has not so far been identified. The detective said the bodies showed no signs of trauma and further tests will now be carried out.

DCI Fitchet added that officers were not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths. It is believed that Case killed his daughters, then stabbed his wife to death before hanging himself.

Mr Wiseman adjourned the hearing to a date yet to be fixed and sent his sincere condolences to the Cases' extended family for the "tragic and horrific incident".

He said: "We shall hear a great deal more about the background circumstances in due course."

The bodies were discovered by the children's grandmother Linda Haskell, 56, when she called around to after being unable to contact the family. She ran out into the street screaming: "All my babies are dead."

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