Mother pleads guilty to murdering her three children

Riggi faces sentencing today

by Jen McClure and Anne Mackie

Today at Edinburgh’s High Court, Theresa Riggi admitted to killing her three children.  Theresa, 47, pleaded guilty to culpable homicide with diminished responsibility over the deaths.

Riggi killed eight year-old twins, Austin and Luke, and their five year-old sister, Cecilia, at their family home in Edinburgh last August. Their bodies were discovered together in Riggi’s bed with multiple stab wounds, following a suspected gas explosion at the property. Riggi then jumped from the flat window in an attempt to commit suicide. Originally charged with murder, Theresa Riggi surprised courts as she pleaded guilty. Father of the children, Pasquale Riggi was present at the hearing this morning where he said he was “paralysed with grief.”

Witness statements have been taken and sentencing is expected soon.