Tragic Doncaster couple’s funerals can go ahead

Gabrielle Stanley

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A joint inquest into last week’s suspected murder and suicide tragedy at Sunnyfields, Doncaster, will be heard next March.

A hearing was adjourned yesterday after evidence of identification was taken on 28-year-old Gabrielle Stanley and the man she lived with, Simon Hall, aged 36.

His body was found hanging in the garage of the property in Stanley Road on Friday, October 25, shortly after the badly wounded Gabrielle was rushed to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

She was unconscious and was pronounced dead less than 20 minutes after she arrived at hopsital, the cause of death being multiple stab wounds.

Gabrielle, a transport planner, was formally identified by her father, Howard Stanley, aged 53, of The Park, Woodlands, after her body was taken for an autopsy at the medico-legal centre in Sheffield.

Simon Hall’s body was identified by his father, John Hall, aged 62, and the cause of death was given as hanging.

Det Sgt Lee Berry, one of the investigating officers, told the inquest: “Both matters are definitely linked together and the police are not looking for anyone else in this case.”

He said the police enquiries were ‘well advanced’ and they had no objection to both bodies being released and Deputy Coroner Fred Curtis issued cremation certificates. No date has yet been fixed for the funerals, which will be separate.

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