An inquest into two Norfolk Broads boat deaths in September 2012 has returned verdicts of unlawful killing and suicide

An inquest into two Norfolk Broads boat deaths has heard how a 13-year-old girl spent six days on a boat with her mother’s killer.

The shocking chain of events was unravelled after Norfolk Broads ranger Andy Elson discovered a hire boat tied to a tree on the River Bure on 1 September 2012. Following an extensive search of the Broads, the bodies of Annette Creegan, the girl’s mother, and her partner John Didier were recovered.

The girl told police she had awoken the day after they had arrived for their Broads holiday to find her mother gone and when she questioned Didier about her whereabouts he told her that she had left. The girl had no mobile phone or means of escape and six days later she woke to find herself alone.

An inquest held in Norwich yesterday found that Annette Creegan had been strangled before her body was tied up and put in the water, weighed down with dumbbells. Coroner William Armstrong said it was a deliberate act by Mr Didier “carefully executed”, recording verdicts of unlawful killing and suicide.

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