A "cold, calculated and scheming man" killed his wife and
daughter before turning the gun on himself, an inquest
"Controlling" Lance Hart shot Claire, his wife of 26
years, days after she decided to leave him.
He fired a shotgun at close range at the 50-year-old
before pointing the weapon at his 19-year-old daughter
Charlotte and pulling the trigger. He then killed himself.
A 12-page note was found on a USB stick in Hart's car in
which he explained his actions, the court heard.
Coroner Paul Cooper said the note from Hart, 57,
contained the line: "Revenge is dish served cold, karma is
Mr Cooper said Hart "knew exactly what he was going to
do" when he "murdered" his family on 19 July at the
Castle Sports Complex in Spalding, Lincolnshire.
He concluded Claire and Charlotte Hart were unlawfully
killed and ruled Hart's death as a suicide.
"It was a single-barrel shotgun, so it was not a question of
him just shooting his wife, he then had to unload it, put
another cartridge in and shoot it again," said Mr Cooper.
"In my view, this was a cold, calculated, scheming man
who went out and deliberately murdered his wife and
"If he had lived ... he would have been charged with
murder. Unfortunately he didn't live to face the
consequences of his actions. He took his own life."
Mrs Hart left her home in Moulton, Lincolnshire, on 14
July to move to a new property with the help of her family.
The court heard she was seen by a neighbour loading
bags into a car and said: "He'll have a surprise when he
gets home tonight. I've put up with enough for the past
15, 16 years."
The neighbour believed Mrs Hart was joking as "they were
always a happy couple together", the court heard.
However, Dale Pateman, who worked with Mrs Hart at a
Morrison's store in Spalding, said she had previously
spoken of her marital problems.
Detective Inspector Helen Evans said: "Over the last two
years, Claire had confided in Dale about problems she was
having in her personal relationship with Lance Hart.
"She had described him as being a controlling and selfish
man. Claire had told Dale she had become worn out by
"Dale described Claire as beaming and really happy in the
few days that had elapsed since leaving her husband."
When Mr Pateman was told the couple would be meeting
to exchange documents and photographs, he warned her
to be careful, the court heard.
Mrs Evans said: "Claire told him she would be okay as she
would have Charlotte with her."
The couple's sons Ryan and Luke said in a statement
following the inquest: "Charlotte and our mum were our
inspiration and purpose in life.
"They were the two most virtuous and beautiful people we
have ever encountered. It is not possible to describe how
unfairly and how cruelly they have been taken from us.
"Our world is a darker place because they have gone."