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Man kills family and then himself

A man who was estranged from his wife killed her, their child and two in-laws before leaping to his death from the balcony of their sixth-floor apartment which he had apparently set on fire, Italian police have said.

Police officials, speaking on state and private television, said post-mortem examinations would determine if the four victims were dead in the flat in Trapani, western Sicily, before the blaze started.

Prosecutors said the man was unofficially separated from his wife.

Neighbours told reporters they heard furniture being knocked over in the apartment before dawn, then shouts, then nothing.

As well as the wife, the victims included the couple's nine-year-old daughter, the man's mother-in-law and disabled brother-in-law.


From Belfast Telegraph