Family died of gunshot wounds at home near Chichester, inquest hears

Four members of the same family, including two toddlers, died of gunshot wounds in their house in Woodmancote, an inquest has heard.

Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 12:37 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 12:44 pm

The bodies of builder Robert Needham, 42, legal secretary Kelly Fitzgibbons, 40, and their two children, four-year-old Ava Needham and two-year-old Lexi Needham, were found at a property in Duffield Lane on March 29.

Tributes were paid this week after the family were formally identified by Sussex Police. Read more hereAn inquest was opened this morning (Wednesday, April 8), where it was heard that post-mortem examinations found that all four people had injuries consistent with the use of a shotgun.

A full inquest will be held at Crawley Coroner’s Court on October 6.

The family were formally identified earlier this week. Photo: Sussex Police

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The inquest heard Robert Needham (pictured), Kelly Fitzgibbons and their two young children had injuries consistent with the use of a shotgun. Photo: Sussex Police

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