Gloucestershire

Father drove himself and son to River Severn death

A father drove himself and his severely disabled son to their deaths in the River Severn, an inquest has heard.

Sonnie Gigg, 70, from Coalpit Heath, near Bristol, had lost his wife the previous day and was concerned how he would look after their son, Lincoln.

In October 2007 he drove into Sharpness Docks, Gloucestershire, the hearing at Shire Hall was told.

Gloucestershire coroner Alan Crickmore recorded a verdict of suicide and unlawful killing.

The hearing was told that the death of Mr Gigg's wife June had come as a shock to the family, especially her husband.

The couple had been married for nearly 50 years and had dedicated themselves to looking after Lincoln, who was born deaf, mute and nearly blind.

The 38-year-old needed round-the-clock care. The court heard Mr Gigg did not want to put his son into respite care as he became distressed in unfamiliar surroundings.

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