Brother and sister found dead in house are named
Murder inquiry launched in Buckhaven as injured father taken to hospital
A HORRIFIED mum found her son and daughter brutally murdered in her husband's house.
Disabled Michelle Thomson, 25, and her wee brother Ryan, seven, were lying in separate bedrooms in a cottage where they lived with their dad Robert, 49, since he recently split from his wife June.
The traumatised mum dialled 999 and emergency crews arriving at the scene discovered her husband lying injured in another room after an apparent suicide attempt.
One of the couple's other sons, Ross, 20, was in an upstairs room in the house on the outskirts of Buckhaven, Fife, while his brother and sister were dying but he did not see or hear anything, say police.
Detectives were last night waiting to question Robert Thomson, 49, as he recovered in a high-dependency ward at Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline from what were thought to be stab wounds.
His injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.
He had recently been charged in connection with an unrelated sex attack and inquiries into the allegations were continuing.
An older son, Shaun, 24, who lives in Essex, was yesterday making his way back to Fife after news of the tragedy was broken to him.
Detectives were sickened by the scene that met them but they refused to say how Michelle and Ryan had died.
Detective Superintendent Alistair McKeen said: "These were two vulnerable individuals and the scene which confronted officers was a harrowing one.
"We are in the early stages of a serious criminal inquiry and the results from forensic examinations will inform the future direction of that inquiry.
"We would also be looking for information from people who may have knowledge of the Thomson family - Robert Thomson, his children and his wife.
"The whole family history will be getting looked at closely." He added that they were appealing for witnesses in the area of the terrible killings which were discovered shortly after 7pm on Saturday.
Forensic teams were carrying out an inch-by-inch search of the "complex crime scene" at the home, just yards from the Buck & Hind pub in the town's Methilhaven Road.
At the same time, officers continued door-to-door inquiries as they tried to piece together a picture of the family.
They used to live in Kirkcaldy where neighbours remember them as a loving couple who doted on their kids.
One said: "I cannot believe that Michelle and Ryan are gone.
"Michelle was a lovely lassie who was always smiling and so happy and Ryan was a beautiful wee boy.
Mr Thomson, a lorry driver, had recently split from his wife and she was househunting down south.
He was living at a different address from her and the children had been staying with him on a temporary basis.
Mrs Thomson stumbled on the horrific scene when she called at the house on Saturday evening.
Yesterday, she was being cared for by close relatives and police family liaison officers. She was unavailable for comment.
Her son Ross was in the house with his mother when police arrived.
He was uninjured but detectives who have interviewed him in depth accept his explanation that he was unaware of the tragic events unfolding downstairs.
A police source said: "At the moment, we are satisfied with the information he has supplied surrounding his presence."
Floral tributes were yesterday piling up at the home, which was sealed off by police tape and had canvas screens draped around it.
Part of the area beside the house was also screened off and surrounding roads were closed.
A young mum, whose daughter was in Ryan's class at Buckhaven Primary, tearfully laid a bouquet.
A family friend, laying flowers at the scene, who did not want to be named, said: "A couple of weeks back, June left him and went down south to look for a new home.
"But she had come back to try and patch things up. It obviously didn't go very well."
She added: "My daughter cared for their daughter Michelle and was engaged to their eldest son Shaun, so we knew the family quite well.
"I don't know what would bring someone to do something like this - it's just horrible to think."
Neighbour Agnes Cormack, 57, added: "His wife had just left him. I heard that he had lost it, killed the two kids and then tried to kill himself but was unsuccessful."
Other messages on flowers at the scene read simply: "Sleep in peace forever" and "God bless".
Robert Thomson drove lorries for Leven builders Cooks.
Neighbour Chris Arnott, 38, said: "He seemed a reasonable sort of guy but he was quite loud.
"You would definitely notice his presence - he was quite an outgoing sort. He would talk to anyone, whether he knew them or not.
"I knew he had been trying to sell his house for a while."
Rab Crockatt, 38, whose family own the Buck & Hind, said: "He was in about once a fortnight with his two older laddies for a game of pool.
"He was very heavily into DIY and had done a lot of work on his house. All he wanted to talk about was how good a machine man he was."
One neighbour in the quiet street in Kirkcaldy where the Thomson family used to live said the locals were stunned at the news.
The neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: "The family lived in the street for about 10 years and Robert and June always doted on the children.
"They were very protective of them.
"They were a very private family who loved their children very much.
"June was so excited when she moved out of the street into her new house.
"I saw her and Robert last year and they seemed so content and happy together."
Another neighbour said: "The family seemed quite happy living here and we can't believe that the two children are gone. They mostly kept themselves to themselves."
Det Supt McKeen confirmed two police officers were waiting at Robert Thomson's hospital bedside.
He said: "We are extremely keen to speak to Mr Thomson when that is feasible. That will be under the direction of medical staff."