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An inquest has heard how police received six previous domestic abuse calls from the home of a mother and son killed in a house fire in Cornwall.
Police and fire officers told the inquest in Truro that they believe Harry Philpotts struck his ten year old son Ben with a sledgehammer before starting an 'explosive' fire with petrol that claimed the life of his estranged wife Patricia.
Mr Philpotts, who had mental health problems, also later died from burns. Though he was known to mental health services and his family had raised concerns, the inquest in Truro heard four separate reviews into the case by health agencies had found the violent deaths couldn't have been predicted.
A number of recommendations on how mental health services and care agencies could communicate and work together more effectively have since been made.
The hearing continues.
A coroner's recorded a verdict of unlawful killing on a ten year old boy who died following a house fire in Newquay
An inquest has resumed into the deaths of a mother and her son who died in a house fire in Trevarrian in January 2010
A man suspected of killing his wife and ten-year-old son shouted "I should have died in the fire, I wanted to die," after he was arrested.