Four family members found dead in their Bermondsey home died of ‘sharp or blunt force trauma’

Four members of the family who died in the London bloodbath succumbed to “acute or blunt force trauma”, according to the inquest, after the man, 28, is charged with their murders.

  • Dolet Hill, 64, was one of four people killed at a home in Bermondsey last month.
  • Retired nurse battling cancer dies with partner Denton Burke
  • Dolet’s daughter, Tanysha, and granddaughter, Samantha Drummonds, were also killed.
  • Joshua Jacques, 28, has been charged with all four murders.

Four members of a family allegedly killed in their home died of “sharp or blunt force trauma,” a coroner has heard.

NHS worker Dolet Hill, 64, and her partner Denton Burke, 58, were found dead in Bermondsey with Dolet’s daughter, Tanysha Ofori-Akuffo, 45, and granddaughter Samantha Drummonds, 27, on last month.

Joshua Jacques, 28, has been charged with all four murders.

Senior Coroner Andrew Harris told Southwark Coroner’s Court today that a pathologist concluded all four died from “sharp or blunt force trauma”.

Joshua Jacques sits with his arms crossed as he appears in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, London, charged with the murders of four family members who were stabbed to death in a semi-detached house in South East From london.

Dolet Hill (in the multicolored dress), her daughter Tanysha Drummonds (with her arm around her), and her other daughter Tracey Henry (pictured in a white dress)

However, a second autopsy could be performed after a request from Jacques’ defense team on April 28, the coroner explained.

Several family members attended the brief opening of the inquest via video link.

The coroner heard that Ms Hill died of an “acute force injury to the chest”, and Mr Burke’s cause of death is “acute blunt trauma to the head and neck”.

Mrs Drummond is said to have died from “acute trauma to the trunk and neck” and Mrs Ofori-Akuffo from “acute trauma to the chest”.

Detective Inspector Jonny Newell of the Met Police was asked to describe how police were alerted to the deaths.

He told the coroner: ‘In the early hours of April 25, police received a call at 1:42am from a member of the public about a domestic disturbance at 14 Delaford Road.

‘The police attended and managed to enter the premises. Upon entering, they found four people inside, all with stab wounds. Those people are now confirmed to be Dolet Hill, Denton Bruke, Tanysha Ofori-Akuffo, and Samantha Drummonds.

Joshua Jacques, 28, has been charged with all four murders.

Joshua Jacques, 28, has been charged with all four murders.

All four lives were declared extinct at the scene. Subsequently, a suspect named Joshua Jacques was arrested at the address. He has since been arrested for all four murders and charged with all four murders.

Mrs. Hill’s daughter, TraceyAnn Henry, is said to have identified her mother, stepfather and niece for the coroner.

Reading her statements, the court heard that Ms Hill was born in Saint Thomas, Jamaica, in 1958 and lived at an address near Forest Hill, southeast London.

His granddaughter, Mrs. Drummond, was born in Southwark and also lived in Forest Hill, it was said.

Burke was born in Saint Ann, Jamaica, in 1963 and lived on the Delaford Road property where the murders allegedly took place.

Ms. Ofori-Akuffo was identified by her husband Danny Ofori-Akuffo, who said that she, too, was born in Saint Thomas and also lived on Delaford Road.

Harris said a law firm instructed by Jacques had been in touch to ask if a second autopsy could be performed.

He told the family: ‘I have asked the lawyers to provide me with the reason why a second autopsy is required and to date we have had no response. I’m sure the family will want their loved ones released to them as soon as possible. I don’t want to interfere with the prosecution.

“In most cases, there is no need to disturb the body again, but I do not have any information on the defense request, so I propose to release the bodies to the family in ten business days, unless we have information. of the defense that they did not. I do not wish to proceed to an autopsy.

Mr. Harris has suspended his investigation until criminal proceedings have been completed.


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