Father heartbroken over murder of daughter, three, stabbed himself to death with samurai sword

A father left heartbroken for years over the arson murder of his three-year-old daughter stabbed himself to death with a samurai sword, an inquest found. 

Kieron Bimpson was found at his home in Huyton, Liverpool on July 31 by his son, heavily bleeding from the injury.

The 48-year-old, discovered at the bottom of the stairs, was rushed to Aintree Hospital with serious abdominal injuries and was later sadly pronounced dead.

An inquest heard how Mr Bimpson had struggled to process the tragic murder of his three-year-old daughter Francesca in a deliberately-started house fire in 2008.

Kieron Bimpson

Kieron's daughter Francesca

Kieron Bimpson, pictured left, had struggled to process the tragic murder of his three-year-old daughter Francesca, pictured right, in a deliberately-started house fire in 2008

The killing had badly affected his mental health which had deteriorated in lockdown and allowed his demons to resurface, his family said.

They said they believed Mr Bimpson had felt he had dishonoured his family by not being able to save Francesca in the blaze on Norwood Grove, Everton, 12 years ago.

But everybody connected with the father-of-four was clear this was never the case.

At Bootle Coroner’s Court, a cause of death was given as a penetrating sword injury to the abdomen.

Julie Goulding recorded a narrative conclusion, which said: ‘Kieron Bimpson was sadly pronounced deceased at 02.46 hours on July 31, 2020 at University Hospital Aintree.

‘Kieron was reported to have been troubled for many years following the murder of his daughter in 2008.

‘Kieron was found at home suffering from serious abdominal injuries subsequently believed to be self-inflicted by a Samurai sword.

‘Notwithstanding all appropriate care and urgent treatment, the injuries caused were incompatible with life.

‘Police were satisfied there was no third party involvement in the circumstances surrounding Kieron’s death.’

Relatives said they believed Mr Bimpson had felt he had dishonoured his family by not being able to save Francesca in the blaze on Norwood Grove, Everton, 12 years ago

Relatives said they believed Mr Bimpson had felt he had dishonoured his family by not being able to save Francesca in the blaze on Norwood Grove, Everton, 12 years ago

Graham Heaps, pictured, torched the home in December 2008 by pouring petrol through the letterbox after being consumed by a jealous rage when Francesca's aunt ended their short relationship. He was sentenced to life for the murder and ordered to serve a minimum of 28 years

Graham Heaps, pictured, torched the home in December 2008 by pouring petrol through the letterbox after being consumed by a jealous rage when Francesca’s aunt ended their short relationship. He was sentenced to life for the murder and ordered to serve a minimum of 28 years

Mr Bimpson was devastated by the loss of his young daughter on December 2, 2008, when Graham Heaps torched the home by pouring petrol through the letterbox after being consumed by a jealous rage when Francesca’s aunt ended their short relationship.

He knew her parents, along with their four young children, were asleep inside.

Heaps was sentenced to life for the murder, and ordered to serve a minimum term of 28 years.

The 44-year-old’s actions were described by a judge as ‘wicked, vengeful, and cowardly,’ and he will be 72 before he can be considered for parole.

Afterwards, Mr Bimpson campaigned for justice for Francesca and set up the Francesca Bimpson Foundation, a registered charity which aims to help families who’ve lost loved ones, creating a one-stop shop for anyone who is a victim of serious crime.

The organisation opened two centres in Huyton, and a headquarters on Dale Street in Liverpool city centre.

Speaking at the time of what would have been Francesca’s 15th daughter, Mr Bimpson said his anger towards the labourer would never relent, describing his crime as ‘heinous and unforgivable.’

He added: ‘Hopefully, he will never see the light of day.’

Francesca suffered 85% burn injuries and died after a three-week battle to stay alive – two days before Christmas.

The petrol poured through the letterbox made the staircase impassable due to flames, as neighbours and relatives desperately tried to help those trapped inside.

Tragically Francesca ran back from the bedroom window and hid under the covers.

  • For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details.

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