Hours before the fatal fire, a terrified youngster contacts her grandmother, saying, “Daddy is terrifying me.”
AN INQUIRY into the murders of Garry and Paige Bolton revealed that the young girl contacted her grandma before her death, saying, “Daddy is scaring me.”
Garry Bolton, 10, and Paige Bolton, 10, died in a house fire in North Hull on January 25, 2020. They died in the early hours of the morning in a fire at their home on Wensley Avenue, off Cottingham Road.
Crews discovered the father and daughter laying together in a bathtub after breaking into the house with a saw.
The bathroom door was locked when firefighters arrived, and Mr Bolton was pronounced dead on the scene.
Paige was transported to Hull Royal Infirmary in a last-ditch effort to save her life, dressed in a bright onesie and pyjamas.
She was declared dead after 45 minutes of resuscitation attempts.
The cause of death for both was determined as smoke inhalation during their inquest at Hull Coroner’s Court on Thursday.
Mr Bolton’s mental health appeared to have deteriorated, according to the inquiry, after he had previously suffered from anxiety, low self-esteem, and paranoia, as well as the loss of his six-month-old son Ethan in 2000.
Paige’s texts to her grandmother, Patricia Bolton, suggested that her father was acting suspiciously.
“Daddy is scaring me,” the ten-year-old girl told her grandmother. Why aren’t you able to assist me?”
The messages were not seen by Mrs Bolton until the next morning.
Mr Bolton exchanged text messages to his former partner Cherie Rangeley, according to Assistant Coroner Ian Sprakes.
Mr Sprakes chose not to read them aloud, but did say that they “amounted to a suicide note.”
Richard Gibson, station manager of the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, believes the cause was premeditated.
“I suspect the ignition was caused by an undefined bare flame,” he stated.
“The fact that the fire was in the middle of the bed led me to suspect it was done on purpose.”
At the inquest, a neighbor testified that he spoke to Garry over the fence from time to time but that they were not close.
“The soundproofing is weak, so you can hear everything is going on next door,” a neighbor stated on the day of the fire.
“That morning, around 5 a.m., I awoke to the sound of conversation in the restroom next door.
“I heard someone getting into the bath, but no water.
“Then I overheard Garry and Paige conversing. They were coughing and I couldn’t hear what they were saying.”
Then there’s the neighbor. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”