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PUBLISHED: 16:30 07 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:30 03 March 2010

WHAT still remains to be seen is how the psychological toll which the tempestuous relationship between Terence Abbott and Lorraine Baldwin will affect the family they have left behind

Lorraine's mother Maureen Baldwin, aunt Janet Dighton and uncle Derek Dighton all saw her turn into a fireball and saw her charred body as they fought to put the flames out.

WHAT still remains to be seen is how the psychological toll which the tempestuous relationship between Terence Abbott and Lorraine Baldwin will affect the family they have left behind

Lorraine's mother Maureen Baldwin, aunt Janet Dighton and uncle Derek Dighton all saw her turn into a fireball and saw her charred body as they fought to put the flames out.

The couple's two eldest daughters Tany, 19, and Tassi, 18, were the first to hear Terry confess setting his ex-wife on fire – and they'd heard his threats before.

Lorraine's brother Glenn had to officially identify her when she died in hospital weeks later.

The horrific murder will haunt the minds of the whole family for years to come. The emotional scars left will be a vivid legacy of the wicked murder of Lorraine and the painful, intrusive details of her doomed marriage which emerged at Norwich Crown Court.

The very public nature of the revelations came after 20 years of alleged deception and betrayal within the family.

Terry and Lorraine's marriage was so stormy, that their four children who include Travis, 13, and Tara, eight, used to have to step between them in a bid to break up their fights.

The eldest, Tanya, would say 'That's enough,' as tempers frayed and fists flew.

Lorraine resorted to clenched fists and scratching with her nails as she fought Terry.

He said the cause of the arguments was Lorraine's infidelity, and the names of her alleged boyfriends and intimate details of her love life were discussed in court – a very public stage for a private affair.

Family members sat in the public gallery and listened to how often during the week, and how many times a night the couple had sex.

It was a relationship laid bare to the world, talked about after people saw it covered in the media, and many will have formed their own judgement about the crime and its perpetrator.


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