Epsom College head Emma Pattison and husband had last meal with friends hours before horror shooting

A ‘killer’ husband gave no sign he was about to snap as he enjoyed a last supper with friends hours before shooting wife Emma Pattison and their seven-year-old daughter Lettie with a gun. George Pattison, 39, and Surrey private school headteacher Emma held a dinner party on the grounds of Epsom College the night before his cowardly rampage.

A friend told The Sun: “On Saturday night they threw a dinner party. It was quite an intimate affair and literally turned out to be their last supper. Nothing unusual happened. There were no arguments, no indication he would go on to do something so horrific a short time later.”

After shooting his wife and daughter in the early hours of Sunday morning (February 5), chartered accountant Pattison turned the gun on himself. Emma is believed to have called a relative late on Saturday night, but by the time they arrived to the grounds of the £42,000 a year school all three were dead.

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George is said to have contacted Surrey Police in 2016 to report that his partner had hit him. Officers spoke to Mrs Pattison but he later withdrew the claim as he decided it was trivial, The Times reports.

George had also been in contact with Surrey Police mere days before the incident – on February 2 – when he changed the address on his gun licence following the family’s move from Caterham, police have confirmed. A gun found at the scene was registered to Mr Pattison, who owned it legally.

Due to the short period of time between the contact about the gun licence and the deaths, Surrey Police have made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). The IOPC is assessing to decide if any further action is necessary.

Detective Chief Inspector Kimball Edey, senior investigating officer on the case, said: “This is an incredibly traumatic incident and we are working around the clock to investigate and understand the exact circumstances which led to this point. We understand the public concern and upset, and we will clarify what we can, when we can, while respecting the right to a level of privacy for the families of those who have lost their lives.”

Mrs Pattison was made headteacher of Epsom College, the 2022 Independent School of the Year, last September. She previously led Croydon High School, in Selsdon, from 2016 after four years as deputy head at a school in Leatherhead. The family had just moved from their home in Caterham after Emma started her new role.

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