An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the deaths of a couple from Northamptonshire who suffered fatal shotgun wounds.
A post-mortem examination last month found Donald and Mary Knight, the county businessman and his wife who were found dead at their home in Loddington, both died from gunshot wounds to the head.
Police discovered the body of Mrs Knight, aged 77, on Wednesday, May 1, and after a search of the remote property, found the body of Mr Knight, aged 78, outside.
An inquest at Northampton General Hospital today, Wednesday, heard Mrs Knight had suffered four gunshot wounds - two to the side of the head, and two to the abdominal area.
One of the projectiles had caused an injury to Mrs Knight’s heart, but Professor Guy Rutty, who carried out the post-mortem examination, said he was sure the head wounds were the fatal injuries.
In Mr Knight’s case, there was a single gunshot wound to the head. He also had an injury to his left shoulder, consistent with falling to the ground.
Mr and Mrs Knight were originally from the village of Old.
Mr Knight’s family ran Knights of Old – an international haulage company based in nearby Kettering – for many years.
He held the position of chairman at the distribution company until he retired 15 years ago. Another family has owned the business since.
The business was set up by one of his ancestors, William Knight, in 1865.
A statement released by the couple’s family last month said: “We are devastated by this tragic news and wish to thank people for their kind words.
“Donald and Margaret were a couple who loved each other’s company. They were lovely parents and grandparents whose passing is a massive loss to our lives.”
Coroner Anne Pember adjourned the inquest to a later date.
A funeral service for the couple will be held on Tuesday, June 11, with a private committal followed by a celebration of their lives at Ss Peter and Paul’s Church, Kettering. The family has suggested mourners give a donation to the Royal British Legion or Cransley Hospice rather then provide flowers.