Two boys strangled and mother found hanged, inquest hears

The bodies of Nadia de Jager and her two sons were found after police forced entry to their home in Belvedere on March 9

Two young boys were found strangled at their home and their mother was discovered dead in the same property, an inquest has heard.

The bodies of Nadia de Jager, 47, and her two sons Alexanda, nine, and Maximus, seven, were discovered after police forced entry to their home in Belvedere, south-east London, on March 9.

Post-mortem examinations revealed the boys’ provisional cause of death as ligature compression to the neck while their mother’s provisional cause of death was given as suspension, a medical term which includes hanging.

They were found dead at the scene at about 11.50am after concerns were raised about their welfare.

Detective Inspector Oliver Stride, of the Metropolitan Police’s specialist crime command, told the hearing both boys were found in an upstairs bedroom of the property on Mayfield Road.

He added: “Maximus was on the bed while Alexander was lying on the floor next to the bed.

“The provisional cause of death for both of them was given as ligature compression to the neck pending further investigation.

“Nadja’s provisional cause of death was given as suspension.” He added that the boys’ father, whose name was not given, identified the boys’ bodies.

Detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation, the Metropolitan Police said at the time.

Senior coroner for South London, Sarah Ormond-Walshe, told the hearing: “There is a police investigation in relation to all three deaths. The proceedings in this case are essentially adjourned.”

It is likely to conclude in six months. Once that has happened it will be decided whether a full inquest needs to take place.

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