Man on double murder charge
TRIBUTES have been paid to a mother and her young daughter who were found dead after disappearing from their Kingswood home.
Bennylyn Burke and her two children were reported missing at the beginning of March.
A man was later arrested and charged with murdering Bennylyn, who was 25, and her two-year-old daughter Jellica, and on March 18 two bodies were found hidden in a house in Dundee by Police Scotland.
The other child was traced and is being supported, police said.
Staple Hill and Mangotsfield South Gloucestershire councillor Ian Boulton knew Bennylyn and her two daughters when they lived in Staple Hill before moving to Kingswood. He said she had been an active member of the Staple Hill and Mangotsfield Residents Facebook group and had “regularly engaged with our threads and posts”.
Councillor Boulton said: “As one of Bennylyn's ward councillors I met her and her beautiful daughters. As you can imagine, the news (of her death) knocked me for six.
“I'm sure that there are other members of this group who also knew them, who must be feeling equally shocked.”
He urged anyone who had knowledge of Bennylyn’s life and circumstances which might help police understand more about her to call 101 and ask for Police Scotland, then quote the incident reference number 1434 of March 5.
Bennylyn, who moved to the UK from the Philippines, has been described as “friendly and such a loving mother” by a friend who contacted the Bristol Post.
Police Scotland say the bodies of Bennylyn and Jellica were “discovered concealed within a house in Troon Avenue, Dundee, following extensive enquiries by detectives and forensic experts”.
Superintendent Graeme Mackie, of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, said: “This is a significant development in what has been a particularly challenging enquiry for everyone involved.
“Bennylyn’s family have been informed of this development and we will continue to support them at this difficult time as our investigation continues.
“The thoughts of everyone involved in this investigation are with them at this time.
“I would like to thank the local community for their co-operation with what is a large and complex police operation involving many specialist resources from across Police Scotland.
“There will continue to be a significant police presence in the area for some time and I would ask anyone with information to please come forward and speak to us.”