Mum to attend funeral of dad who killed kids

Daily Echo: Kerrie Hughes Kerrie Hughes

SHE has suffered the most unbearable loss but heartbroken mum Kerrie Hughes has vowed to be at the funeral of her former partner who smothered their children to death.

Kerrie will be among the congregation paying their final respects to 33-year-old David Cass at his funeral service being held in Southampton today.

Only close relatives and friends have been invited to the low-key ceremony which comes nearly three weeks after the bodies of 14- month-old Isobelle and threeyear- old Ellie were discovered.

Cass smothered his daughters in the caravan where he lived in the grounds of Paynes Road MoT Centre, Shirley, where he worked as an MoT tester.

He then phoned Kerrie on her mobile and told her that their daughters were “sleeping for ever” and that he would soon be too by killing himself. It was the first time he had cared for the girls after the couple split.

She phoned the police who discovered the girls’ bodies as well as that of Cass shortly before 7pm on Sunday, September 21.

Speaking ahead of today’s funeral service Kerrie said that despite the heartache she shared something very special with Mr Cass.

Kerrie reportedly said how she could never forgive Cass for what he had done but described him as an amazing father who made their eldest daughter’s face light up when he came home.

She added that the only way she could explain why Cass killed their daughters was that he could not be apart from the girls.

She also reportedly said that she could not reconcile the way he was such a loving dad with what he did.

Kerrie has given her story to a national newspaper although it is not clear if she sold it or if any money was given to charity.

A single weathered bouquet of flowers lay on the doorstep of the home in Fair Oak, where Kerrie had been living with her mum and gran. The house was deserted yesterday with the curtain drawn upstairs.

Kerrie reportedly said that she could not face being alone in the home she and Cass shared until their acrimonious split in August following a series of rows.

The family of Cass have described him as “a wonderful son and father of two darling angels” as well as a “loving brother and uncle”.

Dozens of people have also left floral bouquets, cards and messages of condolence at the Paynes Road MoT Centre where he worked.

Manager John Martin, 51, said: “We have lost a good colleague and a good mate.”

The children’s funerals will take place at noon on Friday at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Eastleigh.

Their burial service will take place afterwards at Ramalley Cemetery in Hursley Road, Chandler’s Ford.

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11:26am Wed 8 Oct 08

Dr Alimantado says...

How horrible, I can only imagine how terriying it would be to receive a telephone call like that.

I would go to the funeral too but certainly not to pay my respects.

I hope the children RIP

I hope the father rots in hell
How horrible, I can only imagine how terriying it would be to receive a telephone call like that. I would go to the funeral too but certainly not to pay my respects. I hope the children RIP I hope the father rots in hell Dr Alimantado
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11:48am Wed 8 Oct 08

Number6 says...

It's obviously a very personal decision, but I would question the motive behind it.
It's obviously a very personal decision, but I would question the motive behind it. Number6
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11:59am Wed 8 Oct 08

Woolstonian says...

I too would attend the funeral.
But I would make sure I take my dancing shoes.
I too would attend the funeral. But I would make sure I take my dancing shoes. Woolstonian
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1:09pm Wed 8 Oct 08

rich the stitch says...

Is this really news, does the family of all the poor people involved in this tragic situation really need to know what the echo is reporting here. I think not, why can't the echo just let them get on with it without reporting it all over the papers and internet. Shame on you echo.
Is this really news, does the family of all the poor people involved in this tragic situation really need to know what the echo is reporting here. I think not, why can't the echo just let them get on with it without reporting it all over the papers and internet. Shame on you echo. rich the stitch
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1:25pm Wed 8 Oct 08

Bambi says...

rich the stitch wrote:
Is this really news, does the family of all the poor people involved in this tragic situation really need to know what the echo is reporting here. I think not, why can't the echo just let them get on with it without reporting it all over the papers and internet. Shame on you echo.
Well you read it (as did others) therefore justifying the Echo's decision to print it.
[quote][p][bold]rich the stitch[/bold] wrote: Is this really news, does the family of all the poor people involved in this tragic situation really need to know what the echo is reporting here. I think not, why can't the echo just let them get on with it without reporting it all over the papers and internet. Shame on you echo.[/p][/quote]Well you read it (as did others) therefore justifying the Echo's decision to print it. Bambi
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1:46pm Wed 8 Oct 08

Ted Rogers says...

Bambi wrote:
rich the stitch wrote: Is this really news, does the family of all the poor people involved in this tragic situation really need to know what the echo is reporting here. I think not, why can't the echo just let them get on with it without reporting it all over the papers and internet. Shame on you echo.
Well you read it (as did others) therefore justifying the Echo's decision to print it.
You miss rich's point. Simply because it is read does not deem it appropriate and newsworthy.

I agree with rich, they are quoting things that were 'Reportedly' said, lazy journos, bereft of any real quality.
[quote][p][bold]Bambi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rich the stitch[/bold] wrote: Is this really news, does the family of all the poor people involved in this tragic situation really need to know what the echo is reporting here. I think not, why can't the echo just let them get on with it without reporting it all over the papers and internet. Shame on you echo.[/p][/quote]Well you read it (as did others) therefore justifying the Echo's decision to print it.[/p][/quote]You miss rich's point. Simply because it is read does not deem it appropriate and newsworthy. I agree with rich, they are quoting things that were 'Reportedly' said, lazy journos, bereft of any real quality. Ted Rogers
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1:46pm Wed 8 Oct 08

Reality-man says...

If what is reported is accurate then what an amazing lady and mother this poor girl is. People are so quick to judge and whilst i would never agree with the fathers actions it appears he just could not face the thought of not being a full time father to his children which Kerrie has acknowledged. When my partner at the time and now wife went through post natal depression there were times i thought we would split and i wouldn't be a full time father to my two babies. The thought of someone else maybe playing dad and me not seeing them every day absolutely destroyed me. Thankfully we came through it when we found it to be post natal depression and couldn't be happier now. Again the fathers actions were totally wrong but i had some frightening thoughts when in his position. The fact Kerrie has acknowledged this and is attending his funeral amazes me in what must be an impossible time for her. God bless you Kerrie you are an amazing and truely wonderful human being.
If what is reported is accurate then what an amazing lady and mother this poor girl is. People are so quick to judge and whilst i would never agree with the fathers actions it appears he just could not face the thought of not being a full time father to his children which Kerrie has acknowledged. When my partner at the time and now wife went through post natal depression there were times i thought we would split and i wouldn't be a full time father to my two babies. The thought of someone else maybe playing dad and me not seeing them every day absolutely destroyed me. Thankfully we came through it when we found it to be post natal depression and couldn't be happier now. Again the fathers actions were totally wrong but i had some frightening thoughts when in his position. The fact Kerrie has acknowledged this and is attending his funeral amazes me in what must be an impossible time for her. God bless you Kerrie you are an amazing and truely wonderful human being. Reality-man
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2:22pm Wed 8 Oct 08

Ciaran says...

Ted Rogers wrote:
Bambi wrote:
rich the stitch wrote: Is this really news, does the family of all the poor people involved in this tragic situation really need to know what the echo is reporting here. I think not, why can't the echo just let them get on with it without reporting it all over the papers and internet. Shame on you echo.
Well you read it (as did others) therefore justifying the Echo's decision to print it.
You miss rich's point. Simply because it is read does not deem it appropriate and newsworthy.

I agree with rich, they are quoting things that were 'Reportedly' said, lazy journos, bereft of any real quality.
Actually, I think you miss Bambi's point. It's not as if you can stumble across this story - you have to actively click the link to read it, so you were obviously interested enough by the story (it's not as if the headline doesn't clearly say what it's about).

As for them being "lazy" the story also says the mother has signed a deal with a national paper, so the Echo wouldn't be able to speak to her directly.
[quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bambi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rich the stitch[/bold] wrote: Is this really news, does the family of all the poor people involved in this tragic situation really need to know what the echo is reporting here. I think not, why can't the echo just let them get on with it without reporting it all over the papers and internet. Shame on you echo.[/p][/quote]Well you read it (as did others) therefore justifying the Echo's decision to print it.[/p][/quote]You miss rich's point. Simply because it is read does not deem it appropriate and newsworthy. I agree with rich, they are quoting things that were 'Reportedly' said, lazy journos, bereft of any real quality. [/p][/quote]Actually, I think you miss Bambi's point. It's not as if you can stumble across this story - you have to actively click the link to read it, so you were obviously interested enough by the story (it's not as if the headline doesn't clearly say what it's about). As for them being "lazy" the story also says the mother has signed a deal with a national paper, so the Echo wouldn't be able to speak to her directly. Ciaran
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3:26pm Wed 8 Oct 08

rich the stitch says...

Ciaran wrote:
Ted Rogers wrote:
Bambi wrote:
rich the stitch wrote: Is this really news, does the family of all the poor people involved in this tragic situation really need to know what the echo is reporting here. I think not, why can't the echo just let them get on with it without reporting it all over the papers and internet. Shame on you echo.
Well you read it (as did others) therefore justifying the Echo's decision to print it.
You miss rich's point. Simply because it is read does not deem it appropriate and newsworthy. I agree with rich, they are quoting things that were 'Reportedly' said, lazy journos, bereft of any real quality.
Actually, I think you miss Bambi's point. It's not as if you can stumble across this story - you have to actively click the link to read it, so you were obviously interested enough by the story (it's not as if the headline doesn't clearly say what it's about). As for them being "lazy" the story also says the mother has signed a deal with a national paper, so the Echo wouldn't be able to speak to her directly.
All I'm saying is that if it were me or a relative of mine I wouldn't want to open a website and be reminded - yet again - about what's happened. It's not most subtle headline in the world is it? I Just don't think is appropriate.
[quote][p][bold]Ciaran[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bambi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rich the stitch[/bold] wrote: Is this really news, does the family of all the poor people involved in this tragic situation really need to know what the echo is reporting here. I think not, why can't the echo just let them get on with it without reporting it all over the papers and internet. Shame on you echo.[/p][/quote]Well you read it (as did others) therefore justifying the Echo's decision to print it.[/p][/quote]You miss rich's point. Simply because it is read does not deem it appropriate and newsworthy. I agree with rich, they are quoting things that were 'Reportedly' said, lazy journos, bereft of any real quality. [/p][/quote]Actually, I think you miss Bambi's point. It's not as if you can stumble across this story - you have to actively click the link to read it, so you were obviously interested enough by the story (it's not as if the headline doesn't clearly say what it's about). As for them being "lazy" the story also says the mother has signed a deal with a national paper, so the Echo wouldn't be able to speak to her directly.[/p][/quote]All I'm saying is that if it were me or a relative of mine I wouldn't want to open a website and be reminded - yet again - about what's happened. It's not most subtle headline in the world is it? I Just don't think is appropriate. rich the stitch
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3:30pm Wed 8 Oct 08

Ted Rogers says...

Ciaran wrote:
Ted Rogers wrote:
Bambi wrote:
rich the stitch wrote: Is this really news, does the family of all the poor people involved in this tragic situation really need to know what the echo is reporting here. I think not, why can't the echo just let them get on with it without reporting it all over the papers and internet. Shame on you echo.
Well you read it (as did others) therefore justifying the Echo's decision to print it.
You miss rich's point. Simply because it is read does not deem it appropriate and newsworthy. I agree with rich, they are quoting things that were 'Reportedly' said, lazy journos, bereft of any real quality.
Actually, I think you miss Bambi's point. It's not as if you can stumble across this story - you have to actively click the link to read it, so you were obviously interested enough by the story (it's not as if the headline doesn't clearly say what it's about). As for them being "lazy" the story also says the mother has signed a deal with a national paper, so the Echo wouldn't be able to speak to her directly.
Ciaran,
You too miss my point, regarding justification, whether the article is appropriate or not, has nothing to do with the fact that people may read the article.

I'll slightly concede on the lazy point, as a journalist, I wouldn't feel comfortable basing an article of my own on what was 'reportedly' said. The 'cut and paste' school of journalism is lazy and bereft of both originality and quality.
[quote][p][bold]Ciaran[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bambi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rich the stitch[/bold] wrote: Is this really news, does the family of all the poor people involved in this tragic situation really need to know what the echo is reporting here. I think not, why can't the echo just let them get on with it without reporting it all over the papers and internet. Shame on you echo.[/p][/quote]Well you read it (as did others) therefore justifying the Echo's decision to print it.[/p][/quote]You miss rich's point. Simply because it is read does not deem it appropriate and newsworthy. I agree with rich, they are quoting things that were 'Reportedly' said, lazy journos, bereft of any real quality. [/p][/quote]Actually, I think you miss Bambi's point. It's not as if you can stumble across this story - you have to actively click the link to read it, so you were obviously interested enough by the story (it's not as if the headline doesn't clearly say what it's about). As for them being "lazy" the story also says the mother has signed a deal with a national paper, so the Echo wouldn't be able to speak to her directly.[/p][/quote]Ciaran, You too miss my point, regarding justification, whether the article is appropriate or not, has nothing to do with the fact that people may read the article. I'll slightly concede on the lazy point, as a journalist, I wouldn't feel comfortable basing an article of my own on what was 'reportedly' said. The 'cut and paste' school of journalism is lazy and bereft of both originality and quality. Ted Rogers
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3:49pm Wed 8 Oct 08

rich the stitch says...

Ted Rogers wrote:
Ciaran wrote:
Ted Rogers wrote:
Bambi wrote:
rich the stitch wrote: Is this really news, does the family of all the poor people involved in this tragic situation really need to know what the echo is reporting here. I think not, why can't the echo just let them get on with it without reporting it all over the papers and internet. Shame on you echo.
Well you read it (as did others) therefore justifying the Echo's decision to print it.
You miss rich's point. Simply because it is read does not deem it appropriate and newsworthy. I agree with rich, they are quoting things that were 'Reportedly' said, lazy journos, bereft of any real quality.
Actually, I think you miss Bambi's point. It's not as if you can stumble across this story - you have to actively click the link to read it, so you were obviously interested enough by the story (it's not as if the headline doesn't clearly say what it's about). As for them being "lazy" the story also says the mother has signed a deal with a national paper, so the Echo wouldn't be able to speak to her directly.
Ciaran, You too miss my point, regarding justification, whether the article is appropriate or not, has nothing to do with the fact that people may read the article. I'll slightly concede on the lazy point, as a journalist, I wouldn't feel comfortable basing an article of my own on what was 'reportedly' said. The 'cut and paste' school of journalism is lazy and bereft of both originality and quality.
right then, lets see if the echo decides to remove this from the forum.
all i'm saying is that I didn;t think the story was inappropriate. Had this terrible thing happeded to me or a relative of mine I would not want to open the website and see such a harsh and to the point headline. I just think they could of been more subtle with the headline.
[quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ciaran[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bambi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rich the stitch[/bold] wrote: Is this really news, does the family of all the poor people involved in this tragic situation really need to know what the echo is reporting here. I think not, why can't the echo just let them get on with it without reporting it all over the papers and internet. Shame on you echo.[/p][/quote]Well you read it (as did others) therefore justifying the Echo's decision to print it.[/p][/quote]You miss rich's point. Simply because it is read does not deem it appropriate and newsworthy. I agree with rich, they are quoting things that were 'Reportedly' said, lazy journos, bereft of any real quality. [/p][/quote]Actually, I think you miss Bambi's point. It's not as if you can stumble across this story - you have to actively click the link to read it, so you were obviously interested enough by the story (it's not as if the headline doesn't clearly say what it's about). As for them being "lazy" the story also says the mother has signed a deal with a national paper, so the Echo wouldn't be able to speak to her directly.[/p][/quote]Ciaran, You too miss my point, regarding justification, whether the article is appropriate or not, has nothing to do with the fact that people may read the article. I'll slightly concede on the lazy point, as a journalist, I wouldn't feel comfortable basing an article of my own on what was 'reportedly' said. The 'cut and paste' school of journalism is lazy and bereft of both originality and quality.[/p][/quote]right then, lets see if the echo decides to remove this from the forum. all i'm saying is that I didn;t think the story was inappropriate. Had this terrible thing happeded to me or a relative of mine I would not want to open the website and see such a harsh and to the point headline. I just think they could of been more subtle with the headline. rich the stitch
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3:50pm Wed 8 Oct 08

rich the stitch says...

sorry should of read appropriate
sorry should of read appropriate rich the stitch
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4:13pm Wed 8 Oct 08

obelisker says...

Sorry, but the thought of Mrs Hughes selling her story to the papers in an exclusive deal makes me feel uncomfortable. What end can that meet, regardless of the money going to her or charity, what next 'Hello' or 'Heat'?
Sorry, but the thought of Mrs Hughes selling her story to the papers in an exclusive deal makes me feel uncomfortable. What end can that meet, regardless of the money going to her or charity, what next 'Hello' or 'Heat'? obelisker
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4:40pm Wed 8 Oct 08

Leishmonster says...

Bambi wrote:
rich the stitch wrote: Is this really news, does the family of all the poor people involved in this tragic situation really need to know what the echo is reporting here. I think not, why can't the echo just let them get on with it without reporting it all over the papers and internet. Shame on you echo.
Well you read it (as did others) therefore justifying the Echo's decision to print it.
If the echo uploaded images of child abuse people would view them.

Yhe fact remains it is wrong and un news worthy!
[quote][p][bold]Bambi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rich the stitch[/bold] wrote: Is this really news, does the family of all the poor people involved in this tragic situation really need to know what the echo is reporting here. I think not, why can't the echo just let them get on with it without reporting it all over the papers and internet. Shame on you echo.[/p][/quote]Well you read it (as did others) therefore justifying the Echo's decision to print it.[/p][/quote]If the echo uploaded images of child abuse people would view them. Yhe fact remains it is wrong and un news worthy! Leishmonster
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4:49pm Wed 8 Oct 08

rich the stitch says...

So Bambi do you think it is right for the Echo to write a story and print picture of Kerrie gieving at the funeral? That's just wrong.
So Bambi do you think it is right for the Echo to write a story and print picture of Kerrie gieving at the funeral? That's just wrong. rich the stitch
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5:20pm Wed 8 Oct 08

Bambi says...

Seeing as she appears to have sold her story to a national paper, I have no problem with it whatsoever.

Do you think she has a problem with it? The evidence suggests otherwise.
Seeing as she appears to have sold her story to a national paper, I have no problem with it whatsoever. Do you think she has a problem with it? The evidence suggests otherwise. Bambi
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5:56pm Wed 8 Oct 08

obelisker says...

rich the stitch wrote:
So Bambi do you think it is right for the Echo to write a story and print picture of Kerrie gieving at the funeral? That's just wrong.
You can't have it both ways..you either request for total privacy from all forms of media,which I am sure in this highly emotional case would have been respected, or as Mrs Hughes has done (or her representitives) you strike a deal with a National paper and lay yourself open.
[quote][p][bold]rich the stitch[/bold] wrote: So Bambi do you think it is right for the Echo to write a story and print picture of Kerrie gieving at the funeral? That's just wrong.[/p][/quote]You can't have it both ways..you either request for total privacy from all forms of media,which I am sure in this highly emotional case would have been respected, or as Mrs Hughes has done (or her representitives) you strike a deal with a National paper and lay yourself open. obelisker
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