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Jean Say 'threatened wife' before murdering children

  • 12 December 2011
  • From the section London
Jean Say
The court was told Say killed the children in revenge for his wife leaving him

A man who boasted that he would one day do something the world would talk about has been jailed for life for stabbing his son and daughter to death.

Jean Say, 62, a retired concierge, attacked Regina, eight, and Rolls, 10, in their beds at his home in Southwark, south London, in February.

Say, who admitted murder, killed the children while they were on a weekend access visit to spite his wife who had left him, the Old Bailey heard.

He was given a 30-year minimum term.

Court documents revealed Say called his wife after the killings and said: "I have killed your children. Come and get the bodies."

'England will see'

Say, originally from Ivory Coast, killed his children a day after receiving an eviction notice from the council.

Because his wife had moved out of the flat with the children he was no longer entitled to live there.

Regina and Rolls Say
Regina and Rolls were stabbed while in their beds

Police said the children were awake when they were attacked and had put up a struggle as they had suffered "defence wounds".

Court papers described how Say threatened on three occasions to do something that would bring him infamy.

After one argument, Say, who had a record of being violent, warned his wife: "If I come back and find that I can't get into the house, you will see what I am going to do to you and the children. All the media, radio, TV, newspapers will be talking about it."

His wife asked if he would murder them and he did not reply.

Last year he complained that his wife should not have left him, adding that the "whole of England would see on the news and hear on the radio what happens", the court heard.

'Brutal and abhorrent'

His wife said in an impact statement to the court: "Say has taken from me the most two precious things in my life, Rolls and Regina.

"They were the most beautiful, thoughtful and fun-loving children who brought so much joy into my life.

"To have them taken from me so cruelly by their father has left what I can only describe as a huge void in my life. Not one moment goes by that they are not in my thoughts."

Det Insp Paul Clack, from the Metropolitan Police's Child Abuse Command, said: "Say's actions were cruel, brutal and abhorrent and the sentence he received today reflects the gravity of what he has done.

"It can not of course wipe away the terrible loss of these two young children. Nor can it in any way compensate for the unimaginable loss suffered by Regina and Rolls' mother who has displayed great courage, dignity and strength throughout this ordeal."

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