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Oldbury mother was victim of 'sustained attack'

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A woman found dead at home with her three children inside was the victim of a "sustained attack," an inquest has heard.

Rikki Lander, 26, was found in the living room of her home in Oldbury, West Midlands, on 5 August.

Her husband, Paul Lander, was also found dead in a different part of the house. He died as a result of hanging.

The couple's three young children had alerted neighbours that something was wrong.

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Det Sgt Sue Hordern told the inquest it was clear Mrs Lander had undergone a "sustained attack" but that her cause of death was still not known.

Further tests will be carried out.

The body of Mr Lander, a 30-year-old HGV driver, was released to his family following the hearing.

Police have previously said they believe he killed his wife before killing himself.

A full inquest is set to take place on 16 October.

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