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Gloria De Piero with Pat and Ray Martin

Minister promises to do all he can to help get answers about Claire’s death

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Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero and the Minister for Europe, Sir Alan Duncan, are pushing for an imminent meeting between the parents of Sutton woman Claire Martin and the magistrate who closed the case into her death.

Gloria accompanied Pat and Ray Martin and family liaison officers from Nottinghamshire Police to a meeting with Sir Alan and consular officials at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on January 18th, 2017.

During the meeting, Sir Alan was told how the Martins have been given no explanation why the Italian authorities have ruled that Claire killed herself.

This has left them with many unanswered questions about the investigation into her death and how this conclusion was reached.

Sir Alan Duncan MP speaks to Gloria and Pat and Ray Martin at the Foreign Office.
Sir Alan Duncan MP speaks to Gloria and Pat and Ray Martin at the Foreign Office.

Claire died from multiple stab wounds to the neck in March 2012 while she was living in southern Italy with her partner and baby boy.

The magistrate who took the decision to uphold the suicide verdict has previously agreed to meet the family in Italy but the FCO is now going to push for that meeting to be held as soon as possible so that the Martins can finally get the answers they need.

Gloria said: “The meeting with the Minister went very well and he understands the terrible position the Martins are in.

“The Minister promised to do all he can to help the Martins to get the answers to the questions they have. It is my job to keep him to his word.

“The Foreign Office is now writing to the magistrate, asking that the meeting she promised be held as soon as possible.

“We all hope that this will happen quickly and be an important step in establishing the circumstances surrounding Claire’s tragic death.”

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