Ben, Freya and Erica Pedersen
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Pedersen deaths: Stressed father killed children and himself

An ex-army sergeant and IRA bomb survivor with post-traumatic stress fatally stabbed his children and then took his own life, a coroner has ruled.

Ben and Freya Pedersen, aged seven and six, were found next to a car on a remote bridleway in Newton Stacey, near Andover, Hampshire, on 30 September.

Michael Pedersen, 51, from Surrey, had been on an arranged visit with them after splitting from his wife Erica.

The coroner recorded a verdict of suicide and two of unlawful killing.

  • 06 Dec 2012