Children gassed by father are laid to rest

THE bodies of two children murdered on Father’s Day were laid to rest yesterday.

The lives of little Amy and Owen Philcox, gassed by their father Brian in his Land Rover two weeks ago, were celebrated in a 30-minute funeral with the vicar saying no one could answer why Philcox, aged 52, did what he did.

Addressing the 250 mourners at All Saints Church, in Daresbury, Cheshire, the Rev Canon David Felix said: “None of us here can understand or explain what drove Amy and Owen’s father to do what he did. I can offer you no answer to the question ‘why?’, a question which must be in the minds of us all here.”

The bodies of Owen, three, and Amy, seven, were brought to the 850-year-old church in two separate hearses. Their tiny white coffins were adorned with floral tributes and teddies – pink for Amy and blue for Owen.

In the moments before they were carried into church, their mother Evelyn Philcox, aged 37, was comforted by family and friends who waited patiently in the rain to enter the building.

Inside the church Morning Has Broken managed to mask the many sobs from family and friends standing arm in arm.

The three bodies were discovered on June 15 at a remote beauty spot in Snowdon, North Wales.

Philcox gassed himself and the children by attaching a hose from his exhaust pipe. All three bodies were found on the back seat.

A postmortem examination showed they died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

In the days after the killings, the former security guard’s friends said he had been in touch with Fathers 4 Justice and was upset about his lack of access to the children.

He and Evelyn Philcox married in 2000 after his first wife Jan died from cancer in 1996.

But the marriage broke down amid accusations that Philcox — who has another son in Ireland from a previous relationship — was abusive to his wife’s son, Ryan.


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