Independent chair to carry out homicide review at council following murder in Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 17:09 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:44 18 May 2017

Forensic Investigators were at the couple's house in Pilgrim's Way for days.

Forensic Investigators were at the couple's house in Pilgrim's Way for days.

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North Somerset Council will carry out a domestic homicide review after a Worle man murdered his wife before killing himself.

North Somerset Council will carry out a domestic homicide review after a Worle man murdered his wife before killing himself.

The authority will assess whether lessons can be learned from the death of Ann Furneaux.

Mrs Furneaux, aged 70, was stabbed in the neck and hit over the head with a claw hammer by her husband Edward at their home in Pilgrims Way, on January 19.

Mr Furneaux, aged 74, then crashed his car into a tree on the toll road and died. When police went to inform his wife of his death, they discovered her body in bed.

The Home Office requires councils to carry out domestic homicide reviews when someone’s death has resulted from violence, abuse or neglect from someone they have a relationship with.

The council has appointed an independent chair for the review, at a cost of £1,800, who will examine its domestic violence responses and how it works with other organisations.

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