Essex

Colchester triple stabbing: Victims 'had wounds to neck'

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

Three men found dead in a town had been stabbed in the neck, an inquest has heard.

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

Tom Saunders, 32, of Colchester, has been charged with three counts of murder and possessing a weapon.

The Essex Coroner's Court inquest was adjourned ahead of court hearings.

The inquest heard Jason Gibson's provisional cause of death was given as a stab wound to the neck, while his brother's was recorded as stab wounds to the neck and chest.

Mr Booth was found unresponsive in a vehicle "situated behind Wellesley House flats", coroner's officer Lynsey Chaffe said.

The cause of his death was recorded as stab wounds to the neck and head.

Image caption Police were called to Wellesley Road in Colchester on Saturday night

Ms Chaffe opened and adjourned the inquests and did not set a date for a full hearing, while criminal proceedings are ongoing.

Essex Police said Mr Saunders was the uncle of the Gibson brothers and was known to Mr Booth but not related to him.

The family of Mr Booth, known as Rik, has described him as "a wonderful son, brother, father and friend", while the Gibson brothers' family said the men "will never be replaced".

Essex Police has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) to review its response to the incident.

An IOPC spokesman said: "We have received a referral from Essex Police which is being assessed to determine whether any IOPC investigation is required."

Mr Saunders, of Bounstead Road, is due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on 20 November.

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