Monday 18 December 2017

Dad tells of struggle to deal with horror of wife’s murder-suicide

Emma Sword

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 today 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".

The court heard from family friend Caroline Mototnikoff, who said Mrs Oakes-Green had been down since the start of the new year.

She said she had been worried about her job and her son's health when she saw her in January.

Mrs Oakes-Green is believed to have been a teacher but this was not confirmed at today's hearing.

Mrs Mototnikoff told the court that Mrs Oakes-Green had laughed at her when she suggested she should see a doctor.

The pair met again on the day before the tragic events unfolded in February.

Mrs Mototnikoff said her friend seemed "very quiet" when they met on February 22,

When she asked if she was all right, Mrs Oakes-Green replied that she was still down but OK.

That was the last time Mrs Mototnikoff saw the mother of two, she told the court.

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