Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Funeral for Fordingbridge mother and daughters

Victoria, Nereya and Phoebe Case
Image caption Tests on the girls' bodies proved inconclusive but there were no signs they had been stabbed

Hundreds of people have attended the funerals of a mother and her two daughters who were discovered dead in their Hampshire home.

Victoria Case, 31, and Phoebe, two, and Nereya, one, were found along with the girls' father Andrew Case on 26 July.

Tests into the children's deaths were inconclusive, but Mrs Case died from stab wounds and Mr Case from hanging.

The funerals, at St Mary's Church in their home town of Fordingbridge, were followed by a private cremation.

Money problems

About 350 people attended the half-hour service which included readings and tributes to the family.

The three white coffins were brought in separate hearses to the church. Tributes, including teddy bears and a rainbow bouquet, were placed on top of them as they arrived.

The song Somewhere Over the Rainbow echoed through the church as the service drew to a close.

One of the clergy who took part, the Reverend Peter Murphy, broke down outside the church as he described the emotional service that had just taken place.

Mrs Case's family has asked for any donations to be made to the Stars Appeal, which raises money to improve the lives of patients at Salisbury District Hospital.

The family are believed to have had money problems.

Mr Case, 33, an HGV driver, filed an alternative to bankruptcy, known as an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA), at Salisbury County Court in 2006.

The arrangement, which usually lasts a period of about five years, is still listed as "current".

An IVA requires a person to pay back as much of their debt as they can afford, after which the balance is written off.

Image caption Some of the tributes were placed on the coffins

Inquests into all the deaths were opened and adjourned on Tuesday in Southampton.

Coroner Keith Wiseman told the hearing how the girls' grandmother had been trying to contact the family for two days before she found them.

Residents said the family were popular and well-known members of their community.

Mrs Case ran St Aldhelm's children's nursery in nearby Sandleheath.

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