Epsom College ‘gunman’ suspected of killing wife and kid had failed wine company

The man suspected of killing his wife and child before turning the gun on himself had a failing wine business, it has been revealed.

The bodies of Emma Pattison, 45, seven-year-old daughter Lettie and husband and father George were found inside the grounds of Epsom College on Sunday (February 5).

Police believe that George had shot his wife – who was the head teacher of the college – and daughter before turning the gun on himself.

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According to The Times, Pattison was the man behind a “specialist importer of high quality, low yield wins,” called Castle Street Viners.

He is quoted in a presentation about the business as saying he was a “career accountant desperate to do something better with his days”.

Explaining his love of wine, he said: “My love affair with wine started on my first trip to Burgundy, where I found a few wines that not only captured the natural characteristics of the grapes but elevated them – this was a life-changing experience for me.”

However, the business never took off.

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He opened another wine wholesaler in 212 called Rees Charles Capital Limited, which owed £318 by the time the last accounts were filed in 2014.

The last publicly available financial activity Mr Pattison took part in was opening a management consultancy firm called Tanglewood and taking out a £14,076 directors loan in 2021.

When news broke of the horrific incident over the weekend, Detective Chief Inspector Kimball Edey said: “On behalf of Surrey Police, my team, and I, I first want to express my sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Emma, Lettie and George, as well as to the students and staff of Epsom College, for their tragic loss.

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“I want to give my assurance that we will conduct a thorough investigation into what took place last night, and hope to be able to bring some peace in these traumatic circumstances. I would ask that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”

According to a now-removed page from the college's website, she was officially appointed the establishment's 14th head in January 2022, although her Linkedin states she started in September of the same year.

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