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Mother told 'say goodbye to kids'

A father accused of murdering his five-year-old daughter and attempting to kill his six-year-old son told their mother "you've got ten seconds to say goodbye to your kids and then they are dead" before driving his car into a river as they sat on the back seat, a court has heard.

Gabrielle Grady died in hospital three days after she was rescued from the submerged vehicle in the River Avon in Evesham, Worcestershire, last February.

Her brother Ryan survived after being pulled from the water by police.

Prosecutor Graham Reeds QC told Birmingham Crown Court that their father, 42-year-old Christopher Grady, warned their mother Kim Smith, from whom he was separated: "This is the last time you are going to see them, they're going to die".

Grady, of no fixed address, denies both charges.

The court heard that Miss Smith telephoned Grady on February 11 after she became concerned that the children had not arrived at school following an overnight stay with their father.

Mr Reeds said: "There was a confrontation on the telephone between her and the defendant at about 9.15am when the defendant told her the children 'are never going to school again'.

"He said to her, 'be outside your house, you've got 10 seconds to say goodbye to your kids, and then they are dead'. A minute later he arrived in his car outside her house ... he was angry and shouting."

The prosecutor added: "He said Kim had 10 seconds to say goodbye. She remembers him shouting 'river' and then accelerating away as she made an unsuccessful grab to try and open the door to get the children out of the car."


From Belfast Telegraph