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Deaths of children "great darkness"

Recording his verdicts, the coroner said the deaths represented a "great darkness" and were the "sort of thing nightmares are made of".

After offering his condolences to members of the couple's family, the coroner told them: "It's clear to me that the relationship between Ruth and her husband had lasted for about 15 years and was generally quite good.

It appears there were ups and downs and there were separations but nothing so remarkable as to give a clue as to what followed.

– Coroner

A discussion about a separation had taken place on July 11, the coroner said, at a time when Mrs Fuller was clearly unwell.

Ruling that it was highly likely that the children were killed on July 12, the coroner added: "What exactly happened on that fateful day may never fully be known.

From the scene, the police, despite a painstaking search, could find no evidence to suggest any third-party involvement in the deaths.

The injuries sustained by the children were caused by a knife. The evidence that the injuries were caused by their father is overwhelming and that conclusion is inescapable.

I am satisfied and I am sure that he, and he alone, inflicted fatal injuries on his children.

– Coroner


Children died after parents agreed to split up

A two-day inquest heard that the children, from Milkwall, Gloucestershire, were found dead at Pontesbury Hill, Shropshire, on July 16 last year.

All three had suffered a severe neck wound inflicted with the Bowie-type knife, while the two girls had been repeatedly stabbed in the chest.

The inquest heard that Mr Fuller, a paper mill worker who had a degree in molecular biology, drove the children away from his marital home on the morning of July 12 after agreeing to split up with his wife.

During the inquest, Mr Barkley heard that Mr Fuller's wife, Ruth, had been suffering from mental problems and attempted to stab herself and take an overdose after the children left.

Children found dead in quarry "unlawfully killed"

Three young children from Gloucestershire were unlawfully killed in a remote quarry by their father who then jumped to his death from a cliff, a coroner has ruled.

The deputy coroner for Mid and Northwest Shropshire described the killing of 12-year-old Samuel Fuller and his sisters Rebecca and Charlotte, aged eight and seven, as acts of "unimaginable horror".

Finding that Ceri Fuller had taken his own life, coroner Andrew Barkley said overwhelming evidence had driven him to the inescapable conclusion that the 35-year-old acted alone in attacking his children with a hunting knife.

Quarry deaths: children had their necks slashed

An inquest into the deaths of a father and his three children, who were found dead in Shropshire last July, has started today.

Ceri Fuller, his son Samuel, and his two daughters Rebecca and Charlotte, were discovered at a beauty spot in a disused quarry near Shrewsbury.

Two forensic pathologists announced that all three children had their necks slashed.

Their father, Ceri Fuller, died from injuries likely to be caused from a high fall.


Date set for inquest into Shropshire quarry deaths

A post mortem examination revealed Mr Fuller who was from Milkwall, died "from multiple injuries consistent with falling from a height" Credit: Gloucestershire Police

The inquest into the deaths of a father and his three children found dead in a disused Shropshire quarry last summer, will be held over three days in April.

Seven-year-old Charlotte, known as 'Charlie' was found dead with her sister and brother Credit:

The bodies of Ceri Fuller, aged 35, his son Samuel, aged 12, and daughters Rebecca Rose, aged 8 and Charlotte Mae, aged 7, all from Coleford in Gloucestershire were found in a disused quarry at Poles Coppice, Pontesbury Hill, near Shrewsbury on July 16th.

12-year-old Sam Fuller was found dead with his two sisters Credit: