South Queensferry deaths: Murder-suicide theory

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POLICE are investigating whether taxi driver Kenneth Graham killed his wife Donna before taking his own life at the family home in South Queensferry.

The bodies of the couple, who had been married nearly 30 years, were found at the house in Echline Gardens by their elder daughter Laura, 27, on Sunday afternoon.

The scene at Echline Gardens. Picture: Julie Bull

The scene at Echline Gardens. Picture: Julie Bull

Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

It is understood the tragedy is being treated as a murder-suicide.

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, told how Laura had arrived at the house and couldn’t get in. He said: “The front and back doors and conservatory were locked, so she went to a neighbours to get the key.

“When they walked in they found the man in the kitchen. When they went upstairs they found the woman in the bed with a pillow next to her.”

Two have been found dead in South Queensferry. Picture: Julie Bull

Two have been found dead in South Queensferry. Picture: Julie Bull

Forensic specialists combed the property yesterday and removed boxes of evidence to a waiting van. The house – where the couple had lived for 24 years – remained sealed off last night. Officers expect inquiries at the scene to continue for a few days with post mortems to be carried out today.

A grey Ford Tranist taxi, understood to belong to Mr Graham, 52, was still parked outside the house.

Mrs Graham, 51, is understood to have worked in administration at the Western General Hospital and her mother, Jeanette, died last August. She was described by neighbours as a “lovely woman”.

Her elderly father, Daniel, was not at his Silverknowes home yesterday.

A map of the area. Picture: PA

A map of the area. Picture: PA

Mr Graham’s brother-in-law, Philip Hepburn, from Edinburgh, said: “I don’t know the circumstances around the deaths, whatever happened it is tragic.”

Mr Hepburn, who was married to Mr Graham’s late sister, Gloria, added: “It’s very sad especially for their daughters. I haven’t seen them in years, but they were good people and I wouldn’t have a bad word to say about them.”

A neighbour said: “Donna was a lovely woman. I only knew her to have chat in the street but she was always a nice person, very positive. She was kept quite busy at work. I didn’t really know Kenny.

“They were well-known in the area because they have lived here for a long time. Their daughters used to play in the street with all the other kids when they were young.

“It’s an absolute tragedy. I don’t think anyone can believe they’re both gone. I can only imagine what their daughters are going through.”

Another neighbour said: “They were a lovely couple. With their daughters they were like a perfect family.”

The couple were married at St Stephen’s Comely Bank Parish Church in March 1984 and were due to mark their 30th anniversary on Monday. Their younger daughter is 23-year-old Lisa.