McFall's final words: 'I have killed my wife and daughter'

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THE FINAL words of Shropshire florist Hugh McFall admitting he had murdered his wife and daughter were today played at their inquest.

THE FINAL words of Shropshire florist Hugh McFall admitting he had murdered his wife and daughter were today played at their inquest.

McFall phoned 999 from his mobile and said: "Please get to my house at 40 Hampton Road in Oswestry because I have just killed my wife and my daughter. I loved them so much."

The 48-year-old then put the phone down and police went to the family home where they made the grim discovery of the bodies of Sue McFall, 56, and her 18-year-old daughter Frankie who had been bludgeoned with a rubber mallet.

Police later discovered the hanged body of McFall at his business unit at St Martins Business Park where a suicide note was found.

The inquest in Shrewsbury was told the note read: "My world - Frankie and Sue - just ended. I love them so much, nobody can understand. A part of me wants to stay alive just so I can keep thinking about them. The pain is too much.

"Please say sorry to mum and Claire (McFall's sister) and tell them I love them. Also make sure Claire gets her investment back. What I have done to Dan and Nick (Mrs McFall's son and daughter) is beyond belief. Please try to understand mum, could never cope with the situation. It's all over now. I hope I rot in hell."

Coroner John Ellery today ruled that Frankie and her mother were unlawfully killed by McFall. He ruled McFall killed himself.

Mr Ellery said: "His financial world had collapsed, his source of business income or at least 90 to 95 per cent of it, had disappeared in a moment."


Following the conclusion of the inquest, police family liaison officer Lyn Downes read out a statement on behalf of the family of all three of the McFalls.

It read: "We are so deeply, deeply sad over what happened to a happy loving family and we continue to struggle to understand the circumstances.

"We cannot adequately put our loss into words. We loved them all so much.

"The loss of these wonderful people has left us devastated. There is now a huge void in our families which we continue to struggle to come to terms with. They will remain forever in our hearts."


Yesterday it was revealed McFall left a note next to his dead daughter which read: "I love you more than anything I have ever loved.

"I couldn't let you suffer."It was signed "Daddy XX".

The bodies of the mother and daughter were left side by side in the couple's bed.

The three bodies were found just hours after McFall was told he was losing his business because of an alleged £500,000 fraud against Stans Superstore in St Martins.

However, Detective Sergeant Niall Parker today said there would have been "insufficient evidence to proceed to court".

By Iain St John and Kirsty Smallman

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