Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Say Goodbye to Your Mum.' Then Father Gassed His Four Sons; Mother Listened on Phone as Children Were Killed in Car

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Say Goodbye to Your Mum.' Then Father Gassed His Four Sons; Mother Listened on Phone as Children Were Killed in Car

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Byline: ED HARRIS

A MOTHER listened on the phone while her estranged husband killed himself and their four young sons, an inquest heard today.

Farm labourer Keith Young, 38, drove Joshua, seven, Thomas, six, Callum, five, and Daniel, three, to a beauty spot in North Wales and gassed them by running a petrol lawnmower in the back of the family car.

When the boys' mother pleaded with Young to let her speak to her sons, Young handed the phone to Joshua and told him: "Say goodbye to your mum, tell her you love her."

Young, who was separated from his wife, Samantha Tolley, was seeing the boys on an access visit, an inquest in

Wrexham heard. He had driven them in a jeep to a beauty spot near Llangollen shortly after Miss Tolley had told him she was pregnant by another man.

She telephoned Young on the night of the deaths, 27 March, after hearing he had threatened to kill the boys.

North East Wales coroner John Hughes, reading 28-yearold Miss Tolley's evidence, said: " You called him and he answered the phone.

"Without even saying hello he said, 'Save your breath.' You asked where he was and he said you don't need to know. You asked where the boys were and he said they were in the jeep with him.

"You said you would get the police and he said it didn't matter because they would never find him and by the time they did it would be too late.

"He later phoned back and said, 'I hope you are happy. I hope you have a grudge against that baby for the rest of your life.' Young asked whether she could hear the mower. She replied, 'Yes.' He then asked if she could hear her children and again she replied, 'Yes.'" The inquest heard that two days before the killing Young, from Winsford in Cheshire, had told Miss Tolley he loved her more than his children and if he could not have her, then he did not want the children. …

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