Murder and suicide probe after couple found dead in Deighton flat are named

THEY were the couple no-one knew.

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THEY were the couple no-one knew.

Police have now named the man and woman found dead at a house in Deighton.

West Yorkshire Police have confirmed that the bodies of Efias Rusukira and his wife, Grace, were found at their flat at Chalwood, Deighton, on Wednesday morning.

The couple were not well known in the area and are thought to have come from Zimbabwe.

Although people who live nearby had seen them, no-one knew them well.

Police broke their way into the flat and are understood to have found Mrs Rusukira on the bed and Mr Rusukira hanging from the loft.

It is thought the police probe has focussed on the possibility that Mr Rusukira had murdered his wife before taking his own life.

Mr Rusukira was 50 and Mrs Rusukira was 47.

The couple’s flat is still sealed off with police tape and a bunch of flowers has been left outside as a tribute.

Neighbour Jason Bushell only moved into the neighbourhood a week ago.

The 28-year-old said: "I can’t believe it. I’m looking out the window all the time.

"I had never met him or his missus before because it’s actually pretty quiet around here from what I can see."

Jason, a student at Kirklees College, said he heard a bang in the middle of the night on Wednesday.

He said: "I heard a police radio outside and heard a loud bang from downstairs and a noise from across the way.

"I looked out the window and there were about four police cars and one BMW jeep.

"I’ve just moved away from an area where I had a bit of trouble with the neighbours and I thought it was quiet here but then this happens."

The case is being investigated by West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team (HMET) which deals with the most serious crimes.

In July last year Kim Driver, 52, was found dead at his home on neighbouring street Crawthorne Crescent.

Paul Kelly, 31, was charged with his murder and is due to appear in court.

Mr Driver was discovered by a neighbour in the lounge – a post-mortem showed he had died from stab wounds.

Anyone with information about the deaths of Mr and Mrs Rusukira should contact HMET officer Det Sgt Simon Leek on 01924 224744.

 
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