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Colchester triple stabbing: Families pay tribute to victims

Jason Gibson, Danny Gibson and Richard Booth. Image copyright Family handout
Image caption Jason and Danny Gibson were found dead in a house, while Richard Booth was discovered in a car nearby

The families of three men found stabbed to death have paid tribute to them.

The bodies of brothers Danny, 31, and Jason Gibson, 35 were found at a house in Wellesley Road, Colchester, on Saturday, while Richard Booth, 35, was discovered dead in a car nearby.

Tom Saunders, 32, of Colchester, had been due at Chelmsford Crown Court charged with three counts of murder but will now appear at a later date.

Danny and Jason Gibson's family said "our two boys will never be replaced".

Mr Booth, known as Rik, was described by his family as "a wonderful son, brother, father and friend".

His family said: "He would do anything for anyone and even though he didn't have much, he would give you everything he had if you needed it."

Post-mortem examinations found all three men died from multiple stab wounds, and police said the killings had left the community in shock.

They said the crimes were "a targeted and isolated incident", and the men were "well known to each other".

Mr Saunders, of Bounstead Road, is also charged with possession of an offensive weapon.

Image caption Police were called to Wellesley Road in Colchester at about 22:15 BST on Saturday night

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