The coroner, visibly overcome with emotion, struggled to hold back tears as she commenced the inquests into the tragic deaths of two young girls, their father, and their aunt. The four individuals were discovered with fatal stab wounds to their necks at a residence located in close proximity to Norwich. The somber atmosphere in the courtroom was palpable as the coroner began the proceedings, fully aware of the immense grief and sorrow that had befallen the family. The harrowing nature of the incident weighed heavily on everyone present, as they sought answers and closure amidst the heart-wrenching tragedy that had unfolded.
Discovery of the Bodies
On January 19th, the bodies of four individuals were tragically found at a residence in Allan Bedford Crescent in Costessey. The deceased were identified as Bartlomiej Kuczynski, aged 45, Kanticha Sukpengpanao, aged 36, Jasmin Kuczynska, aged 12, and Natasha Kuczynska, aged eight. The discovery of these bodies has left the community in shock and mourning. The circumstances surrounding their deaths remain unclear, and authorities are conducting a thorough investigation to determine the cause. This devastating incident has undoubtedly had a profound impact on the friends, family, and neighbors of the victims, who are now left to grieve and seek answers in this heartbreaking tragedy.
During the commencement of the inquest into the tragic death of Natasha, the Norfolk area coroner, Samantha Goward, was visibly moved to tears. As she began to address the proceedings, her emotions overwhelmed her, causing her to shed tears. However, she quickly composed herself, expressing her apologies for the display of vulnerability, and reached for a tissue to dry her tears. This poignant moment highlighted the profound impact of Natasha’s untimely demise, not only on her loved ones but also on those involved in the investigation. It served as a reminder of the weighty responsibility carried by the coroner in uncovering the truth surrounding Natasha’s passing.
Identification and Cause of Death
During Wednesday’s hearing in Norwich, the coroner provided details about the tragic deaths of four individuals. One of them was Natasha, a school pupil, whose body was identified at the hospital by her neighbor, Louise Smith. The provisional cause of Natasha’s death was determined to be “sharp force injuries of the neck.” Another school pupil, Jasmin, died from an “incised wound of the neck.” The coroner also revealed that Mr. Kuczynski, a structural engineer from Poland, was found dead at his home with a “stab wound to the neck.” The coroner mentioned that a report had been requested from the mental health trust. Lastly, Ms. Sukpengpanao, a businesswoman residing in Thailand, died from “stab wounds to the neck.”
All four of the inquests, which were opened separately, were adjourned until a pre-inquest review hearing on 29 April.
Investigation and Police Involvement
Norfolk Police said the deaths of Ms. Sukpengpanao, Jasmin, and Natasha are being treated as murder. The death of Mr. Kuczynski is not being treated as suspicious, and officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the killings, the force said. Norfolk Police has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), and the watchdog said it has started an independent investigation into contact the force had with the man prior to the deaths. The IOPC has previously said that during a 999 call made by Mr. Kuczynski an hour before the bodies were discovered, he had raised concerns for his own mental state and appeared to be “confused”. He was advised to seek medical advice and officers did not attend. An hour later, at 7 am, a dog walker passing the house called the police after becoming concerned for those within. IOPC regional director Charmaine Arbouin said: “Officers attended shortly after and, tragically, found the man, a woman, and two children dead. Following a mandatory referral from the force, we have decided to investigate and will be examining if the force’s handling of the contact they had with the man was appropriate and in line with force policy, training, and procedures.”
Impact on Mental Health Services
The deaths have put the spotlight on the planned implementation of a new policy for officers not to answer mental health-related 999 calls. The Right Care, Right Person policy would see people signposted to mental health services instead, but was not in place at the time of Mr. Kuczynski’s call to the police. It has been criticized by mental health campaigners, who argue that the safety net is not strong enough to replace the services being withdrawn by the police.
The tragic deaths of two girls, their father, and their aunt in Norwich have left the community in shock. The ongoing investigation and inquests will hopefully shed light on the circumstances surrounding these devastating events. The case also highlights the importance of mental health services and the need for effective support systems in place to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future.