'Love triangle man' may have killed young couple

Last updated at 09:56 30 August 2005

Police investigating the deaths of three people involved in a possible love triangle believe a 41-year-old man may have killed two 23-year-olds before taking his own life.

Police are looking into the possibility that the older man, thought to be dairy worker Dean Irvine, may have killed the younger pair, understood to be fellow dairy worker Craig Bentley and his girlfriend Becky, because of a love feud.

Neighbours suggested yesterday that Becky may have left the older man for the younger, sparking a row. Originally police said the couple appeared to have committed suicide while Mr Irvine had died in suspicious circumstances.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said detectives are still treating all three as unexplained deaths.

Mr Irvine's body was found by a friend in an upstairs bedroom of his house in Leach Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire, at 11am on Sunday while Mr Bentley and his girlfriend were found three miles away at around 2pm at a house in Laburnum Close, Ambroseden.

Yesterday both houses and the surrounding homes remained cordoned-off.

Post mortem 'inconclusive'

The spokesman said today that a post mortem examination on Mr Irvine's body had proved inconclusive.

They are now waiting on a toxicology report which they hope will reveal whether he died as a result of the extensive injuries he suffered or a drug overdose.

Post mortems are yet to be carried out on the young couple, also thought to have suffered multiple injuries.

Police said that a blue Renault Clio jacked up outside Mr Irvine's house would be recovered from the scene and subjected to forensic tests.

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