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Jersey stabbings: Inquest into six deaths is closed

Kacper and Kinga Rzeszowski
Image caption The six victims included Rzeszowski's children Kacper, two, and Kinga, five

The inquest into the deaths of six people stabbed to death by Damian Rzeszowski in Jersey has closed.

Viscount Michael Wilkins offered his sympathy to the relatives of six people who were killed on 14 August 2011.

At the inquest on Wednesday, Mr Wilkins confirmed the three adults and three children died of multiple stab wounds.

Rzeszowski, 32, stabbed his wife Izabela Rzeszowska, 30, and children Kinga, five, and Kacper, two, at his home at Victoria Crescent, St Helier.

He also killed his father-in-law Marek Garstka, 56, his wife's friend Marta De La Haye, 34, and her daughter Julia De La Haye, aged five following a summer barbecue at his home.

Last year Jersey's Royal Court cleared Rzeszowski of murder but found him guilty of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility.

Image caption Marta De La Haye and her daughter Julia were among the six killed by Rzeszowski

He was sentenced to 30 years for each victim, the sentences to run concurrently in a UK prison.

Rzeszowski and Izabela Rzeszowska moved to Jersey from Poland in 2004 and built a new life on the island.

They married there in 2005 and had their two children, Kinga and Kacper.

During the trial in August last year, the court heard that Rzeszowski's marriage had been under strain after his wife confessed to a two-month affair.

It also heard he had threatened to commit suicide and had been suffering moderate to severe depression, which had caused an onset of psychotic symptoms.

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