Monday 23 April 2018

'I have no words to describe children's stabbing' -- mother

A police officer lays floral tributes from members of the public near the entrance to the forest on Pontesbury Hill near Shrewsbury, near to the scene where the bodies of three children were found. Photo: PA
A police officer lays floral tributes from members of the public near the entrance to the forest on Pontesbury Hill near Shrewsbury, near to the scene where the bodies of three children were found. Photo: PA

Nick Britten, Andrew Hough and Hannah Furness in London

A WOMAN whose husband stabbed to death their three young children before throwing himself down a disused quarry said yesterday she could not put into words her overwhelming grief.

Ruth Fuller (34) was numb after the bodies of 12-year-old son Sam and daughters Rebecca (8) and Charlotte (7) were found, along with the remains of her husband Ceri.

As police revealed they had found a knife at the scene, she said: "l don't have the words to describe how l feel at the moment."

Mrs Fuller wrote about a "completely bonkers" midlife crisis the day before her husband went missing but family members said yesterday they did not know what drove Mr Fuller, a molecular and cellular biology graduate, to such tragic action.

In a statement on behalf of both families, Ceri Fuller's father, David, said they "cannot imagine what was going through his mind".

David Fuller described his son as a "gentle, sensitive and intelligent" man who "loved his children dearly".

Mr Fuller (35) is believed to have murdered them in remote woodland before falling to his death from an 80ft cliff in what police described as a "tragic family situation".

Detectives and family are desperately trying to work out what drove him to leave his home in Milkwall, Gloucestershire, last Thursday with the youngsters and drive 75 miles to Pontesbury Hill, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire, where they all died in woodland known as Poles Coppice.

Mr Fuller senior said both his and Mrs Fuller's families had been "devastated" by the tragedy. He said: "Ceri was a gentle, sensitive and intelligent man but also a very private one. He loved his children dearly and they were such a focal point of his life."

"His relationship with each one of them was one of gentleness, involvement and attentive nurturing. Sam, Rebecca and Charlie were such charming individuals, brought up in an environment of love.

"We cannot begin to imagine what was going through the mind of this gentle man to drive him to such tragic actions."

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jamieson, of West Mercia police, who is leading the investigation, said the knife was found near the bodies and has been taken away for forensic examination.

It is believed to have been at Poles Coppice since last Thursday, with the bodies lying for four days before being found on Monday morning.

Mrs Fuller's brother-in-law Nicolas Ballard said that the family would "love to know" what had happened to provoke Mr Fuller into such actions.

The day before the deaths, Mrs Fuller, an artist, wrote that her "midlife crisis" was over with only a "few completely bonkers things done".

Anxious

At the same time she was seen by neighbours looking anxious and "pacing up and down the road" as if she was waiting for someone.

She wrote on Facebook: "Whew, that's midlife crisis over with then -- and only a few completely bonkers things done.

"Still, very glad of the urge to reach out to people, loved that."

Several bouquets of flowers have been left outside the family's home, in which they moved into in June last year, expressing sympathy at the loss. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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