Magdalen couple died of shotgun wounds to the head, inquest hears

Stephen Muncaster.

Stephen Muncaster. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press, Archant

A married couple who were found dead at their home had shotgun injuries to their heads, an inquest has heard.

The scene of the double shooting in Magdalen. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The scene of the double shooting in Magdalen. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The body of Stephen Muncaster, 47, who worked as a builder, was found in the front garden of the property in Norfolk in the early hours of July 12 and his wife Allison, 48, was found inside the house.

Both had to be identified by DNA evidence by forensic officers instructed by the Norfolk Police Major Investigations Team, Assistant Coroner Johanna Thompson told an inquest at Norfolk Coroner's Court in Norwich.

'Mrs Muncaster was found at her home property by police, having suffered what appeared to be a gunshot injury to the head,' said Ms Thompson.

'A post-mortem report confirmed the cause as being due to a shotgun wound to the head.


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'Mr Muncaster was found in the front garden of the property, having suffered what appeared to be a gunshot injury to the head.'

She added that a post-mortem report confirmed that as the cause of his death.

Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

The couple shared a home in the village of Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen, near King's Lynn.

Mr Muncaster was the uncle of so-called 'Lotto lout' Michael Carroll, who hit the headlines in 2002 when he won £9.7 million in the National Lottery. The former binman blew all of his winnings before taking a job in a biscuit factory.

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Ms Thompson adjourned both hearings for a full inquest on January 5, 2017 at Norfolk Coroner's Court.

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