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Father Jean Say admits killing his children in Southwark

A father has admitted killing his two children while they were visiting him for the weekend in south London.

Jean Say, 62, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to murdering daughter Regina, eight, and his son Rolls, 10.

They were found in Empire Square, Southwark, on 13 February with stab wounds. Police believe he killed them to spite his estranged wife.

Say, a retired concierge originally from the Ivory Coast, was remanded in custody to be sentenced on Monday.

The Old Bailey heard that Say had separated from his wife Antoinette more than a year before, when she and the children moved out of the family home.

Life sentence

On 12 February, Say received a letter confirming he was facing eviction from the three-bedroom property.

Detectives believe he killed his children in the early hours of the following day to spite his wife, the court heard.

Mrs Say was in court to hear him admit the killings through a French interpreter.

He faces a mandatory life sentence, but the judge Mr Justice Cooke has to fix a minimum term.

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