Couple found dead on Christmas Day in apparent suicide pact

Couple found dead on Christmas Day in apparent suicide pact
Published: 2014 December 27 21:23:39 (9559 Views)
A couple from Billingshurst, West Sussex, found dead at their home had a Christmas dinner with their disabled children before killing themselves, friends said.

Julia and Jan Tshabalala had their family meal a day early on Christmas Eve, then sent their two young children to stay with relatives.

The next morning they were found dead in an apparent suicide pact.

Neighbours said they had seemed to be a 'nice happy family'.

The couple's daughter, Serena, had cerebral palsy, although she did not need a wheelchair, while their son, Junior, had learning difficulties.

'They were very nice people,' said their next-door neighbour, who asked not to be named.

'We used to receive Christmas cards from them. They were a very private couple, but we would always speak to them over the fence.

'They always seemed like a happy couple, but you never really know do you?'



Police visited the rented home on Christmas Day after a relative went to the house just after 9am.

He apparently looked through a window and saw Jan, 33, who worked as a carer, hanging in a room. His wife Julia, in her 30s, was also dead inside.

Yesterday, the couple's white Kia 4x4 was outside their home, and a police officer was seen feeding the family's pet rabbits.

Their children, thought to be aged between four and seven, go to a local school specialising in learning difficulties.

Residents said that the situation was 'absolutely awful'.

There were rumours the couple had been in financial trouble, although friends dismissed the idea.

The couple were both declared dead at the scene. Sussex Police said post-mortem examinations will be carried out and it was not clear whether Mrs Tshabalala suffered injuries or was suffocated.

Police sealed off the house but declined to reveal if suicide notes had been found, saying: 'Officers are working to establish the circumstances of the death but are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.'



Source - Daily Mail

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