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'Medical episode' before Wolverhampton fatal stabbing

Ann-Marie James was killed by her brother Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Ann-Marie James suffered a stab wound to the chest in the attack

A man who stabbed his sister to death as well as stabbing his mother and turning the knife on himself had recently suffered a "medical episode", an inquest heard.

Melvin James had been in hospital while living in Scotland, before returning to live with his mother in Wolverhampton, the Express and Star reports.

Ann-Marie James was fatally stabbed in the chest at the family's flat.

Mr James also died at the scene. His mother is recovering.

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Image caption Melvin James is understood to have turned the knife on himself

Joyce James, 59, had surgery for abdomen wounds and her condition in hospital is serious but stable. She has not yet given a full report into what happened.

The inquest heard Mr James had been living in Edinburgh, but returned to his mother's home after "a short period of hospitalisation", the newspaper reports.

On 8 March he attacked his mother and sister, and Mrs James managed to ring police.

Police attended and ordered him to drop the knife. Armed police were called when he refused, the newspaper reports.

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Image caption Armed police units used stun grenades to storm the flat

Police used stun grenades when they stormed the first-floor flat in Leasowes Drive, Merry Hill and two officers were also injured when trying to arrest him.

The inquest will continue at a later date.

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