Mother to bury children murdered by father

A mother in England will today bury her two young daughters who were smothered to death by their father who also killed himself.

Sisters Ellie, three, and Isobelle Cass, 14 months, were murdered by their father David Cass in the caravan where he lived in the grounds of a garage in Southampton, Hants.

Cass, a car tester, then hanged himself in Paynes Road Car Sales garage in Shirley after making a phone call to family telling them what he had done and that he loved them.

The 33-year-old also left a chilling message for the toddlers’ mum Kerry Hughes saying the girls had “gone to sleep forever”.

The funeral will take place at midday today at the catholic Holy Cross church in Eastleigh.

Following the service a burial will take place at Ramalley Cemetery in Hursley Road, Chandler’s Ford.

Miss Hughes has said that she will bury the two girls in their pyjamas and a torch will be placed beside Ellie and a dummy and blanket next to Isobelle.

She has asked for mourners to wear bright clothes and the coffins will be dawned in her daughters’ favourite colours and borne on a white horse-drawn carriage.

Ellie’s will be red with yellow lining with flowers spelling Princess on top and Isobelle’s will be pink with purple lining with the word Angel on top.

Their favourite song, 'Rock This Party' by Bob Sinclair, will be played in the church.

On Wednesday, Miss Hughes attended the funeral of Mr Cass at Christ Church in Freemantle, Southampton, where she cried uncontrollably and brought a simple bouquet of flowers to be placed at his graveside.

Police found the children’s bodies as well as that of Mr Cass at Paynes Road MoT, Paynes Road, following a 999 call shortly before 7pm on Sunday, September 21.

Cass had been caring for the youngsters for the first time after an acrimonious split with Miss Hughes about four months before.

Post-mortem examinations revealed they had died from suffocation.

Following the death of her daughters, Miss Hughes paid tribute to her “little princesses”.

The 20-year-old, of Elderberry Close, Fair Oak, said: “Everybody who knew my babies knows just how beautiful they are and that they are and always will be princesses in everybody’s eyes, especially mine.

“I would also like to tell every mother that no matter what is going on or how busy your days are, to tell your babies how much you love them and what they mean to you with a hug and a kiss too, every day.”

Miss Hughes said that since the tragedy she had moved out of her home and was living with her mother Lynne, 38, and grandmother Shirley, 63.

Speaking of Mr Cass, Miss Hughes told the Daily Mirror that he had been a “loving father” and she could not understand his actions.

She said: “The only way I can explain what he did is that he couldn’t be apart from the girls.

“I still can’t reconcile the way he was such a loving dad with what he did.

“If I could see him again I would kill him myself. I can never forgive him. Ellie and Bel will never learn new words, go to school, or have another Christmas or birthday.”


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