Epsom College head hosted dinner party hours before husband shot family dead

The head of Epsom College hosted an "intimate" dinner party just hours before her husband shot her dead, along with their young daughter.

The bodies of Emma Pattison, 45, seven-year-old daughter Lettie and husband and father George were found inside the grounds of Epsom College on Sunday (February 5).

Police believe that George had shot his wife – who was the headteacher of the college – and daughter before turning the gun on himself.

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And it has now transpired that the couple reportedly hosted a dinner party for friends the night before the shootings, with 'no indication' that anything was untoward.

A friend of the family told the Sun: "On Saturday night they threw a dinner party. It was quite an intimate affair and literally turned out to be their last supper.

"Nothing unusual happened. There were no arguments, no indication he would go on to do something so horrific a short time later."

Mrs Pattison reportedly made a distressed phone call to her sister Deborah Kirk in the early hours of Sunday morning.

When her sister arrived at the college in Surrey, she found Mrs Pattison and her family dead.

A neighbour of the family in Caterham told MailOnline: "It's horrific what's happened at the college. I never heard any arguing or anything like that when they lived here.

"They appeared to have it all – a nice house, good jobs and lots of money.

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"'Emma was really nice and charming. She would talk over the fence. George was much quieter, much more introverted."

It also recently emerged that Emma had been spoken to by police for allegedly hitting George in 2016, but no further action was taken.

George was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He married Mrs Pattison in 2011.

Neighbours described him as dressing "like a country gent."

"Over the last year or so I never really saw him go to work. I think he may have worked at home a bit but I got the impression he had a lot of time on his hands," one woman told the MailOnline.

"I'd see him through the window drinking glasses of red wine in his new kitchen extension."

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