Final Five Tunisia Victims Returned To UK

Final Five Tunisia Victims Returned To UK

The final five bodies of the Britons killed in the Tunisian beach massacre have been flown back to the UK.

An RAF plane carrying Lisa Burbidge, Stuart Cullen, Christopher Dyer, Bruce Wilkinson & Claire Windass arrived at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

The coffins were placed on hearses & then taken in convoy to West London Coroner's Court.

The repatriation comes as Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency in his country after the beach & hotel attack on 26 June in the popular resort of Sousse.

The law temporarily gives the army & police more authority, & restricts peoples' right to gather in public.

Meanwhile, details of the fatal wounds suffered by several victims have been revealed as inquests were opened into the terror attack.

Thirty-eight holidaymakers, including 30 Britons, were "indiscriminately targeted" by gunman Seifeddine Rezgui, the London court was told.

The inquest heard William Graham, 51, died from gunshot wounds to his pelvis while his wife Lisa Graham, 50, died from gunshot wounds to her chest.

James & Ann McQuire, aged 66 & 63, were both fatally shot in the chest, the coroner was told. They were all formally identified by their dental records.

On Friday, it was confirmed that promising football referee & the youngest-known victim of the attack, Joel Richards, 19, died of gunshot wounds to the head.

His grandfather Charles Patrick Evans, 78, was moreover shot in the head, while his uncle, Adrian Evans, 49, died from gunshot wounds to the neck & "trunk".

Mr Richards' brother, 16-year-old Owen, who survived the attack, took part in a nationwide minute's silence with his family at Banks' football Stadium in Walsall earlier on Friday.

Nottinghamshire social worker, John Stollery, 58, who was on holiday with his wife Cheryl & his son, was moreover killed by a gunshot wound to the head.

Stephen Mellor, 59, from Cornwall, suffered gunshot wounds to the chest & abdomen as he shielded his wife Cheryl from bullets.

Fashion & beauty blogger Carly Lovett, 24, from Lincolnshire, who was staying in Tunisia with her fiance, Liam Moore, died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Denis Thwaites, 70, a former Birmingham City football player, died from a gunshot wound to the chest, while his wife Elaine, 69, was killed by gunshot wounds to the chest & pelvis.

Detective Sergeant David Batt of the Counter Terrorism Command told the hearing the tourists were "indiscriminately targeted by the gunman" in the attack, which he said was believed to have lasted 30 minutes.

He said senior UK police identification managers have assisted with the identification process in both Tunisia & in the UK, adding that 275 witness accounts have been taken by police.

In total more than 1,200 potential witnesses have returned to the UK & accounts from "those who are deemed significant" are being taken, he said.

The inquests have been suspended pending the outcome of investigations by British & Tunisian police, senior coroner Chinyere Inyama said.  

On Friday, the Queen & the Prime Minister joined millions of people across the country in a minute's silence in a solemn tribute to those killed.

Source: “Sky News”