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Mum jailed for killing her 3 kids

By LAURA CAROE
http://www.thesun.co.uk/


KILLER mum Theresa Riggi who stabbed her three children to death during a bitter custody battle was jailed for 16 years today. Riggi, 47, killed her eight-year-old twins Austin and Luke and her five-year-old daughter Cecilia at their Edinburgh home last August.

The youngsters' bloodstained bodies were discovered lying side by side at their townhouse following a gas explosion at the building, each with eight stab wounds and multiple abrasions and bruises.

American Riggi was found badly injured after plunging from a second-floor balcony in an apparent suicide bid. She also had stab wounds which were believed to have been self-inflicted. Initially, she was charged with murder, but last month she admitted three counts of the lesser charge of culpable homicide on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

She was sentenced today at the High Court in Glasgow after Donald Findlay QC spent more than two hours delivering a plea of mitigation on her behalf. The court heard that Riggi and her estranged husband Pasquale, a Shell UK engineer, had been involved in a legal battle over the children's custody at the time of the killings.

Lord Bracadale, sentencing, said: "You have pleaded guilty to charges of repeatedly stabbing to death each of your twin sons, Austin and Luke, aged nine years, and your daughter Cecilia, aged five years. "The result of these acts is a devastating family tragedy. The father of the children, Pasquale Riggi, and the wider family have been left utterly bereft by the loss of the children.

"And you, who had a genuine but abnormal and possessive love of your children, have lost them and are brought to this sorry pass."

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