Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Court Still Unclear Why Man Killed His Family After Starting A Relationshup With A 17-Year Old

A father suspected of gassing his family to death was allegedly having an affair with a 17-year-old girl he met in the Philippines.

Fernando Manrique, 44, is accused of turning his house in a 'gas chamber' by wiring a device from the garden shed into the roof of the family home.

It is claimed Manrique channelled a deadly gas into their Sydney home, killing himself, his wife Maria Lutz and their two young autistic children, Elisa and Martin.

The family were found dead in October 2016, after friends of Maria became worried when she didn't reply to their messages or take the children to school on Monday morning.


Police found Maria dead in bed, alongside her 12-year-old daughter Elisa.
Manrique was found slumped in the hallway while Martin, 11, was found in another bedroom.

The family dog, named Tequila, was also found dead next to Martin.

Judge Truscott said there was no indication Maria was involved in her children’s deaths, saying: "The impression the friends of Maria have given the court is to make it very clear Maria loved her life and had every intention of continuing a loving and productive life with her children.

“There’s no suggestion in any of the evidence the deaths were merciful at all. She didn’t require mercy, she provided her two children with the utmost."

Manrique and Maria were childhood sweethearts who emigrated from Colombia to Australia.

The inquest heard the couple were in financial trouble, with Manrique being made redundant from his job and building up credit card debts of $28,000 (£15,000).

Manrique had set up a new business after losing his job and work often took him to the Phillipines.

He told friends he was struggling in his relationship with his wife and had started "hooking up" with other women during his business trips abroad.

It was also heard how Manrique had been wiring thousands of dollars to a 17-year-old girl called Jamielyn in the Phillipines.

He is said to have met the teenager in a bar in 2016 before going to to start a long-distance relationship with her.

Maria is said to have found out about the relationship, leading to further breakdown in their marriage.

Manrique had moved out of the family home before returning temporarily while he looked for somewhere to live.

However, Detective Sergeant Pooley said Manrique had already formulated a plan to gas the family after opening an account with BOC - a company supling carbon monoxide.

He had also visited DIY store Bunnings to buy, what investigators believe, was equipment to gas the family, such as gas cylinders.

The inquest continues.


Grandmother who gave birth to OWN grandchild because her daughter has no womb says she's prepared to do it Again

A grandmother who gave birth to her own grandchild – because her daughter was born without a womb has said that she would do it again.

Emma Miles, 55, from Wales, appeared on Monday's This Morning with daughter Tracey Smith, 31, and the baby that she gave birth to - Evie Siân Emma Smith on January 16th this year.

Daughter Tracey feared she would never have a child of her own after being diagnosed with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome (MRKH).

But her mother stepped in, and despite being 53 at the time of the pregnancy, she agreed to be a surrogate for her daughter and gave birth to a healthy girl - Evie via C-section - who weighed 7lbs 7oz.

On the show host Ruth Langsford asked Emma: ‘Question is - would you do it again?’ Emma replied instantly with: ‘Yes, I would.'

Twitter fans of This Morning loved their story, with many saying how sweet it was of her mother.

Talking on the show this morning Emma, the grandmother, said about Evie: 'I don’t see myself as her mother, I see her as my granddaughter.'

Tracey also revealed at 16 that she couldn’t have children:  'I had to see a lot of doctors and after a laparoscopy they told me I'd been born without a womb.'

Her now husband Adam and her started to look into surrogacy a few years ago: 'I thought it was never going to happen and my husband suggested looking into surrogacy, but it costs thousands.

'When we had a consultation, they suggested using a family member – so I asked mum,' Tracy admitted.

'You'd anything for your child,' Tracey's Mum Emma said.

 Because Tracey's ovaries still worked normally, she used IVF with her husband, Adam, 40, to create an embryo which was then implanted into her mother. And as they say, the rest is history.



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