THE mum of a 21-year-old Australian nanny killed in the London Bridge terror attack has today heard her daughter died after being knifed in the throat.
Inquests into the deaths of five of the victims were opened this morning, as devastated families came to hear how their loved ones died.
Eight people were murdered by three attackers who ploughed into pedestrians on the bridge before going on a stabbing spree in Borough Market last Saturday.
Kirsty Boden, 28, Sara Zelenak, 21, Sebastien Belanger, 36, James McMullan, 32, and Ignacio Echeverria, 39, all died in the area on June 3.
Today a grim account of their injuries was read out to the inquest, detailing where they had been found and how they were identified.
Julie Wallace, sitting next to her partner Mark Wallace, heard how daughter Sara was knifed in the throat on Borough High Street that night.
The heartbroken mum nodded silently in the court to confirm the spelling of her daughter’s name.
Sara, from Brisbane, Australia, was identified by dental records and DNA.
She was praised by Coroner Andrew Harris who opened and adjourned inquests at Southwark Coroner’s Court today for five victims of the attack.
He said: “All of our thoughts and condolences are with you at this terrible time, one of the most horrible things is for parents to be in court hearing the details of a death, particularly a violent one, of their children.”
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