Norfolk man charged with the manslaughter of his parents

A 59-year-old Norfolk man is due to appear in court tomorrow (Wednesday) charged with the manslaughter of his elderly parents six years after their deaths.

Arthur Dunkley, 83, and his 80-year-old wife Marguerite were found dead in the lounge of their attractive home in Lyng, near Dereham, on June 12, 2005.

Post mortem examinations revealed both had died from multiple injuries.

Their son Terrence Dunkley, from Norwich, is due in Norwich Crown Court tomorrow morning on two manslaughter charges.

The former teacher, who is currently in secure accommodation, previously lived in Tottenhill near Downham Market and was the couple's middle child.


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Members close-knit community were shocked by the deaths and the church-going couple - married for 57 years - were fondly remembered for their community work and dedication to one another.

Mrs Dunkley had just joined Lyng Parish Council and had been a popular volunteer steward for about five years at the National Trust's Oxburgh Hall, near Swaffham.

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Both were passionate beekeepers and Mrs Dunkley, an active WI member, would proudly exhibit the honey they produced at events such as the Sandringham Flower Show.

The well-liked couple, who had two other sons, moved to west Norfolk from Surrey when Mr Dunkley retired early from a career in local government.

Mr and Mrs Dunkley lived in Wormegay, near King's Lynn, for more than 20 years and kept goats, chickens and bees.

They moved to a newly-built home in Manor Close, Lyng, two years before their death when the smallholding became too much to manage.

Mr Dunkley had arthritis and was deaf, but Mrs Dunkley remained active, often entertaining at home, and was described as a 'fantastic cook.'

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