Inquests into the death of the five victims of the Keyham shooting have been opened at Plymouth Coroner’s Court today (Thursday, August 19).
It heard some disturbing details of how they died one week ago, reports Plymouth Live.
Ian Arrow, the senior coroner for Plymouth, introduced Det Insp Steve Hambly of Devon and Cornwall Police’s Major Crimes Investigation Team.
Det Insp Hambly explained that he was the Senior Investigating Officer for Operation Lillypad, the name given to the inquiry, and had been involved in the case since the events unfolded on the evening of Thursday, August 12.
The inquests were taken in order of those who died.
Maxine Betty Davis, the gunman’s mother
The inquest heard she was born in Plymouth on February 7, 1970 and had been a former trawlerwoman.
She lived in Biddick Drive and Det Insp Hambly explained that the 51-year-old died having sustained “fatal gun shot wounds following an argument with her son”.
He went on to note that the cause of death at this stage was gunshot wounds to her torso and head.
Lee Raymond John Martyn
He who was born on December 12, 1977 in Plymouth. He was described as being married and a carpenter fitter by occupation. The inquest was told that while he was out walking with his daughter Sophie and their dog in Biddick Drive he was shot “by a man not known to him”.
The cause of death was given as wounds to his torso and head.
Three-year-old Sophie Iris Martyn
Det Insp Hambly stated she was born December 24, 2017 in Plymouth. Again, he noted how she was walking with her father and their dog in Biddick Drive when she was fatally shot and killed.
We have chosen not to report the details of her cause of death at this stage.
Stephen John Godfrey Washington
He was born on October 14, 1961 in Kingston Hill in Surrey.
Det Insp Hambly explained that Stephen died in Snakey path, a footpath which runs from Biddick Drive in Keyham. He had been out walking his dogs when he was fatally shot and his cause of death was given as shotgun wound to the chest. The inquest heard that Stephen was married and was employed as a carer for his wife.
Katherine Jane Shepherd
The artist was born on February 24, 1955 in Woolwich, London.
Katherine, who was married, had been shot while walking along Henderson Place. She received immediate medical attention before being taken to Derriford Hospital where, despite the best efforts of medical staff, she passed away at 10.55pm that same night. Her cause of death was given as a shotgun wound to the abdomen.
In each case senior coroner Ian Arrow expressed his sadness of hearing of their death, asking for a police report in 12 weeks and a provisional full inquest hearing date in 17 weeks.
Mr Arrow noted that a sixth and final inquest into those who died in Keyham would take place this afternoon.
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