Leeds & West Yorkshire

Allerton Bywater deaths: Dead father was jailed for domestic violence

Geraldine, Shannon and Shane Newman Image copyright West Yorkshire Police
Image caption Geraldine Newman and her children Shannon and Shane were found dead on Tuesday

A man suspected of killing his family in West Yorkshire had been previously jailed for domestic violence.

Geraldine Newman, 51, daughter Shannon, 11 and son Shane, six, were found on Tuesday in Allerton Bywater.

The children's father, Paul Newman, 42, from Normanton, was found dead on cliffs on Anglesey the same day.

Mr Newman was charged with common assault on Mrs Newman in July 2013. He received a custodial sentence, West Yorkshire Police said.

The assault case was assessed as high risk, subject to detailed review and monitored for 12 months.

During that time there were no further incidents reported to it, the force said.

There is also to be a full review of the current case, West Yorkshire Police said.

Mrs Newman was found in the house near Leeds and had died of head injuries, a post-mortem examination showed. Her two children were stabbed to death.

Police said the case was "shocking". They are not looking for anyone else over the deaths.

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Image caption Geraldine Newman was found downstairs while the children were found upstairs

Mrs Newman, a branch manager for Wilko in Castleford, was found downstairs while the two children were discovered upstairs.

Stacey Swinson, a daughter of Geraldine Newman, said: "What has happened to my family is absolutely tragic.

"I would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and condolences.

"This is a very difficult time for us and I would ask that people respect our privacy while we continue to grieve with family and friends."

Mr Newman was discovered on a cliff ledge at South Stack, a rocky island about 180 miles away.

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Image caption Paul Newman was found 180 miles away at South Stack in Anglesey

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