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Bail questions over rapist suspected of killing parents

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Image caption The deaths occurred in February

Police face "serious questions" over the death of a convicted rapist believed to have killed his parents while on bail, a barrister has said.

The body of Ashraf Amrani, 30, was discovered on a roof in Westbourne Park Road, Paddington, on 13 February.

His parents Hassan, 72, and Zohra, 59, were found dead at their home in the same street when police went to inform them of their son's death.

Westminster Coroner's Court heard Amrani had been bailed over affray.

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At a pre-inquest review assistant coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe said the "tragic incident" happened while Amrani was out on licence.

He had been arrested on suspicion of affray on 10 February after allegedly threatening a man with a knife and was granted bail.

But James Mehigan, representing Mr and Mrs Amrani's daughter Tofha, told the hearing: "This is a sex offender, on the sex offender's register, on licence.

"He was accused of committing a relatively serious violent offence and admitted taking drugs, both in breach of his licence.

"There are serious questions as to why he was not recalled [to prison] as well as why he was given bail."

Heather Oliver, representing the Metropolitan Police, said the inquest should consider whether there were "missed opportunities" to report concerns about Amrani's "ongoing volatility".

Post-mortem examinations found Mrs Amrani died from "blunt force trauma to the head and strangulation injuries", while her husband was killed by "laceration incised wounds to the abdomen".

In 2010, Ashraf Amrani was sentenced to seven years and two months after being found guilty of rape.

The hearing was adjourned until 11 February.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is also investigating the decision to grant bail to Amrani.

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