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A man gassed his entire family to death after his wife discovered he was having an affair with a 17-year-old girl in the Philippines and demanded a divorce, an inquest has heard.
Maria Lutz, 43, Fernando Manrique, 44, and their children Elisa, 11, and Martin, 10, along with the family dog Tequila were found dead in their Sydney home in October 2016.
An inquest today heard the Sydney father was in debt, and there was “little cause for doubt” that Mr Manrique was responsible for the family’s death.
At the opening of the inquest into their deaths at Lidcombe Coroners Court, counsel assisting Adam Casselden said Mr Manrique had planned the murder of his children and wife over some time.