It later emerged that the couple had left Birmingham 10 days earlier on a motor cycling holiday, touring the North West and visiting Liverpool and Blackpool. Consequently in law the person who died first was considered murdered and the second person was guilty of either suicide or felo de se.He then informed the jury that there was no proof of which of them died first and it would be wrong to assume either possibility.Although he had a knife he could not do anything, because the bodies were too high.
It later emerged that the couple had left Birmingham 10 days earlier on a motor cycling holiday, touring the North West and visiting Liverpool and Blackpool. Consequently in law the person who died first was considered murdered and the second person was guilty of either suicide or felo de se.
Police Sergeant Griffiths, who received the message, went to the field immediately and saw the two hanging bodies facing each other with ropes pulled tightly around their necks.
It appeared as though the woman had most likely jumped off the nearby bank and foot marks on an adjacent tree suggested the man had launched himself from that.
He said: “If Cage Warriors want to offer it to me I’d fight for that belt whenever they want, but then again they might not offer it to me.“I put on a good fight every time, rather than just scoring a boring win, so why not put me forward for the shot.
I’ll fight whoever they want.“I can go three rounds, I’ve proven that, and I can knock people out quickly, I’ve proven that too.
The offenders are described as wearing hooded tops.
Detective constable Queenie Chan, of West CID, said: “This must have been a terrifying ordeal for the woman and I would appeal to anyone who has any information or who witnessed this incident to get in touch.” Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting log number 1348 of April 5, or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Details of the horrific discovery were told at an inquest held in the dining room of the Garstang Workhouse on the following Tuesday afternoon.
After the bodies had been taken down from the tree they had been carted to the Garstang Workhouse.
Initially, he thought it was a scarecrow, but soon realised the terrible truth that it was the lifeless body of a man hanging by a rope from a branch of an oak tree.
To his horror, just a couple of feet away on the same branch was the lifeless body of a female.