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Name:

Fiona Donnison

AKA:

 

D.O.B.

1965

Kill Total:

2

Kill date:

26th January 2010

Kill Place:

East Sussex

Status:

Seperated

Occupation:

Insurance manager

Victim:

Harry Donnison

Elsie Donnison

D.O.B.

Harry  -  2007

Elsie  -  2008

 


 

Court:

Lewes Crown Court

Judge:

Mr Justice Nicol

Prosecution:

Christine Laing QC

Defence:

Simon Russell Flint QC

 


 

 

 

FACTFILE

 

Tuesday 26th January 2010, At her rented house in Lightwater, Surrey, Fiona Donnison, suffocated Harry, aged three, and Elise, aged two, when she suspected her husband Paul had started an affair with an old school friend.
She then armed herself with two kitchen knives, and drove the 90 miles to the former family home in Heathfield, east Sussex, in an attempt to kill estranged husband Paul and blame him for the death of their children,
But Mr Donnison did not return to the family home that night.

Wednesday 27th January 2010, 11am:- Fiona Donnison walked into Heathfield police station, shortly after she was taken to hospital with suspected self-harm injuries. The police discovered the bodies of two toddlers in holdalls in the boot of her silver Nissan car in Heathfield East Sussex.

Thursday 28th January 2010, Post-mortem tests showed that the toddlers had been dead for less than 24 hours when they were discovered in the car boot, they had suffocated.

Friday 29th January 2010, Donnison released from Eastbourne District General hospital into police custody and arrested on suspicion of murder.

Saturday 30th January 2010, Appearing at Lewes magistrates court, Donnison was charged with the murder of her two children. She was remanded in custody.

Psychiatrists examined Donnison after her arrest and diagnosed her as having a narcissistic personality, an inflated sense of her own importance and entitlement.

Police and social services reveal Ms Donnison had lost a baby to cot death last year, and was know to both police and social; services.

December 2010, At a pre-trial hearing the prosecution brought up The Donnison's daughter Mia, who had died in April 2004 of suspected cot death. The judge, Mr Justice Cooke, ordered there was insufficient evidence to bring this case, but they should proceed with a double murder charge for Harry and Elsie.

Tuesday 12th July 2011, At Lewes Crown Court Donnison denied the two counts of murder, She claimed to have no memory at all of the events that led to the killing of Harry and Elise.

Tuesday 9th August 2011, Fiona Donnison is found guilty of murdering her two young children. She is sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation she serve a minimum 32 years.

 

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