AN INQUEST into the heartbreaking deaths of a family of four in their New Forest home will take place this week.

Andrew Case, 33, murdered his wife of 10 years Vicki, 31, by stabbing her repeatedly in the chest and neck.

He also killed their two little girls, whose bodies were found lying either side of their mum, before Case hanged himself on the upstairs landing of their semi-detached Fordingbridge home.

Southampton Coroners Court will this week hear the details on how “little angels” Nereya, 18 months, and Phoebe, two, came to die.

Police have previously revealed that their bodies showed no signs of trauma.

Post mortems revealed that Vicki, who ran her own nursery for under-fives at St Aldhelm’s Church, had died from stab wounds, while Case died from ligature suspension.

Their bodies were found on July 26 last year by Vicki’s mum Linda Haskell, 56, from Sandleheath.

Det Chief Insp Chris Fitchet, who led the investigation, told the opening of the inquest in August last year how the grandma had gone to her daughter’s home as she could not make contact by telephone.

Eyewitnesses at the time described how after finding their bodies, Mrs Haskell ran into the street wailing: “My babies are dead. They’re all dead.”

The family had just returned from a seaside holiday in Weymouth.

It was reported Case, an HGV driver, was struggling with debts.

But police said at the opening of the hearing that officers were still piecing together background information to find a motive for the Case family tragedy.

On Case’s Facebook page, |photographs showed him |playing with his laughing daughters.

Hundreds of mourners turned out for the funeral of Vicki and her two daughters in August.

The three white coffins were brought in separate black hearses.

Teddy bears, a rainbow bouquet and flowers were placed on top of the coffins as they arrived.

About 350 people attended the half-hour service held at St Mary's Church in Fordingbridge which included readings and tributes to the much-loved mum and her children.

The inquest will take place in Southampton on Wednesday.