Shotgun death couple inquests

Inquests are being held into the deaths of a prominent couple from Norfolk, who died from gunshot wounds last year.

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Town at the centre of double killing reacts to revelations about couple

A Norfolk town at the centre of a double killing has today been coming to terms with fresh revelations about the couple.

Former Cromer mayor Keith Johnson shot dead his wife Andrea before committing suicide last December.

A report released after yesterday's inquests revealed he had been abusing her for years but this only came to light from diary notes discovered after her death.

Our reporter Malcolm Robertson has been in Cromer today gauging reaction.

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Ex-Mayor abused his wife for years before killing her

They seemed the perfect couple. But behind the public facade, was a catalogue of violence and abuse.

It ended with the leader of North Norfolk Council shooting dead his wife before killing himself.

Today, inquests were held into the deaths of Keith and Andrea Johnson from Cromer, who died in December last year.

The coroner concluded that nobody - apart from Keith Johnson - could be blamed because the abuse Andrea suffered was only apparent from diary notes discovered after her death

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Report reveals how councillor abused his wife for years

A Domestic Violence Homicide Review carried out after the murder of Andrea Johnson and the suicide of her husband Keith examined how police, health bodies and other organisations handled the case.

It was published after the inquests into the deaths of the couple. It describes how Mrs Johnson had suffered years of abuse in silence, only revealed in a harrowing diary discovered after her death.

The report's author Gaynor Mears spoke to ITV News Anglia about her findings

ABUSIVE EX-MAYOR IN MURDER-SUICIDE

A Norfolk council leader and former mayor abused his wife behind closed doors for almost a decade before laying out wills and funeral instructions, then luring her to her death.

Keith Johnson, 58, shot his wife Andrea, 44, dead outside their home in Compit Hills, near Cromer, before turning the gun on himself on December 2.

Following an inquest at Norfolk Coroner's Court, a domestic violence homicide review was published detailing how the leader of North Norfolk District Council abused his wife.

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Inquest hears domestic abuse claim

Andrea and Keith Johnson Credit: ITV News Anglia

Inquests are being held today into the deaths of a prominent couple from Norfolk, who died from gunshot wounds last year.

Keith Johnson, who was the leader of North Norfolk Council, shot his wife Andrea before killing himself in December last year.

Their bodies were found just yards from their home in Cromer. Robert Jeans told the inquest that he'd developed a close relationship with Andrea Johnson, who came to stay at his house the night before she died. She'd been crying, saying she'd been kicked out of her house by her husband

The next day he drove her home because Keith had asked to speak to her. He confirmed that he was aware Mr Johnson had physically abused his wife.

The inquest continues.

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