COUNTY NEWS: Sussex schoolgirl’s inquest date set

An inquest is set to give answers on what caused the tragic events which led a father to shoot his seven-year-old daughter at her Sussex home.

Mary with her mum, Lyndsey
Mary with her mum, Lyndsey

Mary Shipstone, died of gunshot wounds after her estranged father, Yasser Alromisse, shot her twice in the head before turning the gun on himself.

The death of the Beckley School pupil left the village in shock following the tragic events of September 11 last year.

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Sussex Police said today (Friday, August 14) the inquest into the two deaths will take place on Friday, September 4 at Hastings Magistrates’ Court.

Mary was returning home from school before 4pm when she was shot twice. She died the following day at King’s College Hospital in London.

Her father opened fire from a car parked on the driveway next to Mary’s home at Spring Hill in Northiam.

He was later found dead at the scene in non-suspicious circumstances.

It is believed the family moved to Northiam from a women’s refuge in Camber Sands after Mary’s mother, Lyndsey Shipstone, separated from her husband, who rented a three-bedroom semi-detached house in Worthing.

After her daughter’s death, Mary’s heartbroken mother ensured her legacy would live on by donating the schoolgirl’s organs to five other children.

Last October, St Mary’s Church in Northiam was packed out with people wanting to pay their respects to the seven-year-old at her funeral.

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