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Verdicts delivered in Boschetti's Steps inquest

Detective Inspector Roy Perez and Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Tunbridge talk to reporters at the end of the inquest.

A mother and her two daughters, a four-year old toddler and a six week old baby, were attacked and killed by her British partner who later took his own life while the balance of his mind was disturbed.

That was the finding of Coroner Charles Pitto today at the conclusion of the week-long inquest into the deaths of the family of four in a flat in Boschetti's Steps in March of this year.

Mr Pitto delivered verdicts of “unlawful killing” in the case of Anarda de la Caridad Perez Friman, 37, Amanda Kristofferson, a four-year old child from a previous relationship, and baby Eve Shannon Perez.

Liverpool born John Shannon, 31, who Mr Pitto described as “a troubled man with anger issues”, died from a self-inflicted wound to the neck two days after he had killed his partner and her children.

Mr Pitto expressed his condolences to the family members as well as his admiration and gratitude for the stoicism and dignity they had shown throughout the “unimaginably painful but necessary process” of the inquest.

Speaking at the conclusion of the inquest, Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Tunbridge, pictured above alongside Detective Inspector Roy Perez outside court, said it was the “correct” verdict for the “largest murder investigation the Royal Gibraltar Police has dealt with in living memory if not ever”.

He also expressed his condolences to all the relatives involved in this matter and thanked the UK experts as well the RGP’s investigating team.

FULL STORY IN TOMORROW'S PRINT AND E-EDITIONS.