Inquests open into deaths of parents allegedly murdered by daughter

A 75-year-old woman who was allegedly murdered by her daughter died of stab wounds to the chest, an inquest heard, with her husband’s cause of death pending further investigations.

Virginia McCullough, 35, is accused of the murders of her parents John and Lois McCullough in Chelmsford, Essex.

Inquests into their deaths were opened and adjourned in Chelmsford on Tuesday.

Essex area coroner Michelle Brown said Lois McCullough, 75, died on September 15 at an address in Chelmsford and her provisional cause of death was “stab wounds to the chest”.

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Court artist sketch of Virginia McCullough appearing at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court, Essex, charged with the murders of her parents, John McCullough and Lois McCullough (Elizabeth Cook/PA)

His provisional cause of death was “pending further investigation”, Ms Brown said.

The coroner said police had attended the address on September 15 after concerns were raised for the couple’s welfare.

She said human remains were discovered following a police investigation.

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Mrs McCullough died in Pump Hill, Chelmsford, Essex, while human remains were found at the same address (Sam Russell/ PA)

Virginia McCullough, of Pump Hill, Chelmsford, Essex, is accused of murdering her parents in Chelmsford between August 2018 and September this year.

She has not been asked to enter pleas.

McCullough appeared before Basildon Crown Court last month and was remanded in custody until a plea hearing set for December 1 at Chelmsford Crown Court.

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