Young mum of murdered toddlers tells friends not to worry about her

Daily Echo: Ellie, left and Isobelle Ellie, left and Isobelle

A YOUNG mum whose daughters were murdered by their father who then killed himself has told a worried pal: "Don't worry about me, I'm not going to do anything stupid."

Kerrie Hughes' partner David Cass, 33, killed 13 month old Isobelle and three year old Ellie before hanging himself from a girder in the garage where he worked.

In a chilling phone call made before he took his own life the MoT tester told Miss Hughes, "the children have gone to sleep forever."

The two tiny bodies were found in a caravan parked near the garage where he had been living since his relationship with Miss Hughes ended three weeks ago.

Speaking today, Miss Hughes' best friend, Emma Timberlake, said the young mother had been left 'devastated' by the tragedy.

The 20 year old student said she had been worried that Miss Hughes might harm herself after losing her two daughters.

But Miss Hughes assured her: "Don't worry about me, I'm not going to do anything stupid."

Miss Timberlake added: "I was trying to speak to Kerrie all day yesterday and she finally replied to my texts last night.

"When I spoke to her she was still absolutely devastated but assured me she wasn't going to do anything stupid.

"She is having real trouble coming to terms with what has happened. It's terrible.

"Kerry was an absolutely brilliant mother. What he has done to the kids is disgusting and selfish. They did nothing to deserve that."

Earlier today, police confirmed that the two toddlers died as a result of being smothered.

Officers have now also formally identified the three bodies as David Cass, aged 33 from Paynes Road, Shirley and his daughters Isobelle Cass aged one and Ellie Cass aged three, both from Elderberry Close, Fair Oak, Eastleigh.

Post mortems carried out at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester yesterday revealed that both Ellie and Isobelle had died as a result of asphyxiation induced by smothering.

David Cass died as a result of strangulation caused by hanging.

Police were called to the rear of Paynes Road Car Sales in Paynes Road just before 7pm on Sunday where the bodies were discovered.

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5:25pm Tue 23 Sep 08

Rudd Gillett says...

rich the stich...what is the point of that comment?
rich the stich...what is the point of that comment? Rudd Gillett
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5:35pm Tue 23 Sep 08

Bill-B says...

H.R.H. KING MUSH wrote:
Rudd Gillett wrote:rich the stich...what is the point of that comment?I think you'll find that he and most of us are very angry and upset even if we have no direct link to the family involved.It sometimes helps to get these things off your chest albeit in a fairly anonymous way. Can you blame him?
Yep, that just about sums it up. Most people were or are upset by this tragedy
[quote][bold]H.R.H. KING MUSH [/bold] wrote: Rudd Gillett wrote:rich the stich...what is the point of that comment?I think you'll find that he and most of us are very angry and upset even if we have no direct link to the family involved.It sometimes helps to get these things off your chest albeit in a fairly anonymous way. Can you blame him?[/quote]Yep, that just about sums it up. Most people were or are upset by this tragedy Bill-B
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5:56pm Tue 23 Sep 08

Rudd Gillett says...

Bill-B wrote:
H.R.H. KING MUSH wrote:Rudd Gillett wrote:rich the stich...what is the point of that comment?I think you'll find that he and most of us are very angry and upset even if we have no direct link to the family involved.It sometimes helps to get these things off your chest albeit in a fairly anonymous way. Can you blame him?Yep, that just about sums it up. Most people were or are upset by this tragedy
Understand we are and he/she is upset but a comment like that serves no purpose, he has family and just spare a thought if they read something like that???
[quote][bold]Bill-B[/bold] wrote: H.R.H. KING MUSH wrote:Rudd Gillett wrote:rich the stich...what is the point of that comment?I think you'll find that he and most of us are very angry and upset even if we have no direct link to the family involved.It sometimes helps to get these things off your chest albeit in a fairly anonymous way. Can you blame him?Yep, that just about sums it up. Most people were or are upset by this tragedy[/quote]Understand we are and he/she is upset but a comment like that serves no purpose, he has family and just spare a thought if they read something like that??? Rudd Gillett
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6:12pm Tue 23 Sep 08

SJP7 says...

There are no words...only sorrow...rest in peace little ones
There are no words...only sorrow...rest in peace little ones SJP7
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6:41pm Tue 23 Sep 08

Miles Sway says...

Rudd - Cass's family must have incredibly difficult mixed emotions, loss of him yet also coming to terms that he was a murderer (and his own children to make it worse) - hopefully they'll not be reading sites like this for any sympathy as I'm sure most people agree with Rich the Stitch
Rudd - Cass's family must have incredibly difficult mixed emotions, loss of him yet also coming to terms that he was a murderer (and his own children to make it worse) - hopefully they'll not be reading sites like this for any sympathy as I'm sure most people agree with Rich the Stitch Miles Sway
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8:06pm Tue 23 Sep 08

v_dubman2005 says...

I cant belive that people have not thought of the heart ache it must take to drive a person to do what cass did. There but for grace of (your) god you could go.
I cant belive that people have not thought of the heart ache it must take to drive a person to do what cass did. There but for grace of (your) god you could go. v_dubman2005
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8:09pm Tue 23 Sep 08

Miles Sway says...

v_dubman2005 wrote:
I cant belive that people have not thought of the heart ache it must take to drive a person to do what cass did. There but for grace of (your) god you could go.
Wrong - kill myself - maybe, my children - never!
[quote][bold]v_dubman2005[/bold] wrote: I cant belive that people have not thought of the heart ache it must take to drive a person to do what cass did. There but for grace of (your) god you could go.[/quote]Wrong - kill myself - maybe, my children - never! Miles Sway
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8:12pm Tue 23 Sep 08

v_dubman2005 says...

Hi miles away......think a little longer
Hi miles away......think a little longer v_dubman2005
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8:40pm Tue 23 Sep 08

Miles Sway says...

v_dubman2005 wrote:
Hi miles away......think a little longer
Nope, thought about it again, same answer. Sorry to disappoint
[quote][bold]v_dubman2005[/bold] wrote: Hi miles away......think a little longer[/quote]Nope, thought about it again, same answer. Sorry to disappoint Miles Sway
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8:52pm Tue 23 Sep 08

v_dubman2005 says...

Humans do tend to dissapoint
Humans do tend to dissapoint v_dubman2005
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9:02pm Tue 23 Sep 08

v_dubman2005 says...

I just cant imagine how ferked up your mind must be to kill your own kids but I hope I,m big enough to understand that it could happen to anyone
I just cant imagine how ferked up your mind must be to kill your own kids but I hope I,m big enough to understand that it could happen to anyone v_dubman2005
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9:05pm Tue 23 Sep 08

hevbro says...

cass loved his girls too much to leave without them,unless you know him dont judge him!im sure he would have said the same not too long ago he would never dream of hurting his girls,they were his life.r.i.p cass and your little angels you are together forever now god bless you allxxx and daves mum and family dave was a man to be proud of everyone who knew him will tell you that dont listen to nasty comments from people who didnt know him xxxheather
cass loved his girls too much to leave without them,unless you know him dont judge him!im sure he would have said the same not too long ago he would never dream of hurting his girls,they were his life.r.i.p cass and your little angels you are together forever now god bless you allxxx and daves mum and family dave was a man to be proud of everyone who knew him will tell you that dont listen to nasty comments from people who didnt know him xxxheather hevbro
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9:12pm Tue 23 Sep 08

v_dubman2005 says...

with you on that 1 hevbro
with you on that 1 hevbro v_dubman2005
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9:44pm Tue 23 Sep 08

Southampton says...

Kerrie, your family and David's family, my thoughts are with you. Such a loss, my condolences.
Kerrie, your family and David's family, my thoughts are with you. Such a loss, my condolences. Southampton
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2:24am Wed 24 Sep 08

debbielou7 says...

i cant believe the comments you are making out there,hello out there.the families are still out there i hope and prey they dont read any of these comments they are truely painful and dont you think they are going through enough.
they have to come to terms with so much give it a break.
i cant believe the comments you are making out there,hello out there.the families are still out there i hope and prey they dont read any of these comments they are truely painful and dont you think they are going through enough. they have to come to terms with so much give it a break. debbielou7
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6:01pm Fri 26 Sep 08

v_dubman2005 says...

I chanted for the familes today. I hope and pray that they can find some peace.
I chanted for the familes today. I hope and pray that they can find some peace. v_dubman2005
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10:16pm Tue 7 Oct 08

see_sense says...

hevbro wrote:
cass loved his girls too much to leave without them,unless you know him dont judge him!im sure he would have said the same not too long ago he would never dream of hurting his girls,they were his life.r.i.p cass and your little angels you are together forever now god bless you allxxx and daves mum and family dave was a man to be proud of everyone who knew him will tell you that dont listen to nasty comments from people who didnt know him xxxheather
No way could they possibly be "together forever", he's an evil, selfish murderer and will hopefully burn in hell, the girls are as far away from his as poss with the angels. May his dirty rotten hands never touch their innocent cheeks again!
[quote][p][bold]hevbro[/bold] wrote: cass loved his girls too much to leave without them,unless you know him dont judge him!im sure he would have said the same not too long ago he would never dream of hurting his girls,they were his life.r.i.p cass and your little angels you are together forever now god bless you allxxx and daves mum and family dave was a man to be proud of everyone who knew him will tell you that dont listen to nasty comments from people who didnt know him xxxheather [/p][/quote]No way could they possibly be "together forever", he's an evil, selfish murderer and will hopefully burn in hell, the girls are as far away from his as poss with the angels. May his dirty rotten hands never touch their innocent cheeks again! see_sense
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