Essex

Girl and father deaths accidental, Essex coroner rules

Verdicts of accidental death have been recorded at an inquest on a 16-year-old girl and her 48-year-old father who died in Essex.

Margaret and Costas Pierides both suffered stab wounds to the chest at their home in Prayors Hill, Sible Hedingham, on 11 September 2010.

Mr Pierides died at the scene while his daughter died later in hospital.

The inquest heard the teenager had been using drugs and had spoken to her parents about feeling "confused".

Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray recorded the verdicts at the inquest in Chelmsford.

The inquest heard Mr Pierides suffered three main stab wounds and cuts to his forearms which could have been defensive wounds, but it was not known exactly what had happened on the day.

Det Ch Insp Godfrey O'Toole, of Essex Police, said: "Although the relationship between Costas and Margaret may have been strained at times... Costas remained a devoted and loving father to his daughter.

"I have no doubt that deep down Margaret felt the same way about her father and the rest of her family."

Bernadette Bass, Mr Pierides' partner and Margaret's mother, said: "Costas and Margaret had a close and loving relationship. Today's verdict has proved this and highlighted the dangerous and tragic consequences that drugs can bring on any family.

"Costas and Margaret will forever be in our minds and hearts. Now the inquest has closed we would like to carry on with our lives as best as we can."

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