1. Inquest into London attacks reveals the heartbreaking details of how two Australians were killed.
— The Courier-Mail (@couriermail) June 13, 2017
Details of the frenzied knife attacks on unarmed victims in the London Bridge terror attack have been set out at the inquests into their deaths.
Australians Kirsty Boden, 28, and 21-year-old Sara Zelenak were among the eight people killed on June 3, when three attackers ploughed into pedestrians with a white van before stabbing revellers in Borough Market.
The mother of Australian nanny Sara Zelenak was in attendance to hear how her 21-year-old daughter was knifed in the throat on Borough High Street that night.
Julie Wallace, sitting beside her partner Mark Wallace, nodded silently to confirm the spelling of her daughter’s name.
Coroner Andrew Harris opened and adjourned inquests at the court on Tuesday for five victims of the attack.
He told the families: “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.”
Boden, Zelenak, Sebastien Belanger, 26, of France, James McMullan, 32, from London and Ignacio Echeverria, 39, from Spain all died in the area on June 3.
A grim account of their injuries was read out to the inquest, detailing where they had been found and how they were identified.
McMullan, from Brent, northwest London, was killed by a haemorrhage after being stabbed in the chest in Borough Market.
He was found lying outside the post office on Borough High Street and was later identified by his father.
Chef Mr Belanger, originally from Angers, western France, was drinking at the nearby Boro Bistro when he was stabbed repeatedly in the chest, the inquest heard.