A police scene guard at the Williams’ home in Lutton on Good Friday.

Inquest into Lutton deaths to be opened

An inquest into the deaths of Lutton couple Lawrence and Bernice Williams is due to open on Thursday.(April 20)

Police say they discovered the bodies at the couple’s home two days apart.

Mr Williams (50), who had committed suicide, was found at the house in Colley’s Gate on Friday, April 7.
The following day police issued an appeal for information about Mrs Williams’ whereabouts. She had not been seen since Saturday, March 25.

Her body was then discovered at the farmhouse on Sunday, April 9, during what Lincolnshire Police say were “extensive searches by specialist teams.”
The cause of her death is still to be confirmed.

Police said late last week: “Post mortem examinations have been carried out but cause of death has yet to be established for Mrs Williams, while it is believed Mr Williams took his own life.”

After the discovery of the bodies, police quickly said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. However, they have refused to disclose if a weapon was recovered.

The inquest is due to open at Boston Coroner’s Court at noon.
Mrs Williams (50) worked for The Griffin Federation – the federated primary schools of Gedney Drove End, Holbeach St Marks and Westmere at Sutton Bridge. The executive headteacher has paid tribute to “a friendly, kind-hearted team member.”

Karyn Wiles said: “We are all shocked and saddened by the news of Bernice’s death and our thoughts go out to her sons.  Bernice had worked in the federation since May 2007, when she was appointed as a learning mentor at Westmere Primary School.

“While Bernice was employed with us, she completed a degree in education and subsequently trained to be a teacher.  In 2014, she moved to one of our other schools within the federation, where she completed her training and has been teaching there since December 2016.

“Bernice was a friendly, kind-hearted team member.  She loved working with children, and had worked so hard to fulfil her dream of becoming a teacher.
“She always provided the very best for the children in her care, and will be sadly missed by our whole school community.”


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