Elderly British expats shot dead in France

Published:  28 Nov at 11 AM
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Police in southwestern France have launched an investigation after an elderly expat couple from the UK were found shot dead by their home cleaner.

Derek and Sheila Hawkins, 98 and 86, were found dead in their home in the village of Fabas on Monday in what police believe could have been a murder-suicide. The wife had been killed by two gunshots and the husband by a single shot to the head.

The village mayor Simon Bavard said that Mr Hawkins had left a number of letters for his children with the instruction for them to be opened after his death. He added that his funeral arrangements had already been made.

The mayor, who revealed that he was shocked by the news, said the couple had no enemies and never caused any trouble. He added that they were extremely passionate about dog breeding.

The autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday and police, who found a 22-calibre handgun at the house, believe it could confirm their theory that the husband shot his wife dead before killing himself. Prosecutor Geraldine Labialle said that this was “the most likely scenario” as there were no indications there had been any kind of struggle.

French media reports that Mr Hawkins, who moved to Fabas with his wife 30 years ago to breed Dachshunds, had recently complained to his physiotherapist of being morally fatigues, and saying that if he was to die, it wouldn’t be on his own.
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