Relatives’ shock at couple’s deaths

Undated family handout of Jaswant Beeharry and Isabel Beeharry, whose bodies were found in the back of their BMW in Floods Ferry
Undated family handout of Jaswant Beeharry and Isabel Beeharry, whose bodies were found in the back of their BMW in Floods Ferry

The family of a couple found dead in the rear of a car near March have spoken of their disbelief over the loss of their “shining stars” as an inquest into their deaths opened today (Friday).

The hearing into the deaths of husband and wife Jaswant Singh Beeharry (48) and Isabel Ibanez-Mahiques (54) of Back Road, Fridaybridge was opened by Coroner David Morris.

The hearing heard the couple were found dead on the back seat of a BMW after concerns were raised by the farm manager of Bradney Farm, Floods Ferry Road, March on Saturday (June 9) about a car parked in a field at the farm.

He contacted emergency services and police and paramedics attended and discovered the bodies of two people on the back seat and fire damage was noted on the inside of the vehicle.

Paramedic Stone confirmed death at 12.41pm.

Attending police officers made enquiries, and confirmed that there was no third party involvement or suspicious circumstances in connection with these deaths.

Indira Crossland formally identified the couple to Coroner’s Officer, Sadie Nightingale

Post mortem examinations were carried out by Dr M Goddard on Wednesday (June 13) at Papworth Hospital but the causes of death in relation to both remain unascertained pending further tests and toxicology.

The hearing was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

Meanwhile the family of the couple, who ran care homes in Lincolnshire and Norfolk, is refusing to believe the police’s view that there are no suspicious circumstances around their deaths.

Mr Beeharry’s elder brother Chanan Beeharry, who is based in Mauritius, said: “The circumstances of the deaths seem to be very suspicious. I am of the opinion that my brother and sister-in-law cannot be sitting at the back with the doors locked and in the presence of a small fire in the car without naturally reacting to potential death.”

Mokshda Bhushan, Mr Beeharry’s cousin, said: “We think there must be some foul play involved, something suspicious.”

Mrs Bhushan, who is based in New Delhi, India, said the couple “had it all” and were “shining stars” for family and friends through their professional success.

She described her cousin as a “real jolly fellow”, “enjoying life to the fullest”, and added he had recently invited his mother to visit him from Mauritius.

She added: “They are not the type of people who would commit suicide, given they worked so hard to achieve what they had.

“Why would they now give it up and not reap the fruits of their hard labour?”

Bob Bachun, also a cousin, based in Mauritius, said: “Having known them very well, it’s very difficult to believe that it could be suicide.”

The couple previously attended Fenland Runners sessions and had taken part in the Great Eastern Run in the past.

Robin Parker (44), Fenland Runners coach, said: “I saw them a couple of weeks ago walking in the village.

“They were a lively, lovely and friendly couple. It was great to be in their company.”

The couple operated Maria Helena Care in Dawsmere, Lincolnshire, and Terrington Lodge, in Terrington St Clements.

Glen Garrod, adult social care assistant director at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of Mr and Mrs Beeharry at this tragic time. Our priority now is, and remains, the home’s residents.”

Lincolnshire County Council confirmed it had received a letter from the couple indicating their intention to close the home in Dawsmere. No such letter had been received at Norfolk County Council.