A ‘materialistic’ mother broke down after losing her lavish expat life in Qatar then drowned her two-year-old IVF twins in the bath before deliberately crashing into a lorry at 100mph.
Samantha Ford, 38, who killed 23-month-old twins Jake and Chloe on Boxing Day last year, had not wanted to leave Qatar for ‘s***hole’ Margate and was ’emotionally controlling’, the Old Bailey was told.
Hours after killing her children she drove into the back of a lorry without wearing a seatbelt and told officers: ‘Just let me die’ and ‘I killed my babies. I would never hurt them, they are my miracle babies.’
Samantha Ford, 38, who drowned 23-month-old twins Jake and Chloe (left) in the bath on Boxing Day last year, had not wanted to leave Qatar and was ’emotionally controlling’, the Old Bailey was told. Pictured on the right is her former husband, Steven Ford
Ford also told officers: ‘This is all a dream. I should have gone to the hospital sooner. He’s messing with my head.’
The mother said she had ‘put them in the bath’ and urged the officers to check her home in Westwood.
After rushing back to the house they discovered the two children laying dressed in their beds and attempted to resuscitate them, but ‘that was sadly a hopeless exercise’, said prosecutor Tom Kark QC.
A note on the table scrawled by Ford read: ‘Please forgive my crazy mind.’
The court heard Ford had sent a message on Christmas Day, telling someone: ‘I just need to end. I just need something to strike him to make him know what he’s doing’.
Ford previously admitted two counts of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility and is due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey this afternoon.
Mr Kark said: ‘This is a tragic and, in some respects, complex case.
‘On the night of December 27 last year, the defendant killed her twin children Jake and Chloe Ford.
‘They were aged 23 months, and she killed them, it would appear, by drowning them in the bath at the family home in Margate.
‘The defendant was charged with murder and on May 28 she entered pleas of not guilty to two counts of murder, but guilty to the offence of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.
‘For reasons the court is aware of those pleas were eventually accepted by the prosecution.’
The court heard how the pair met in 2004 and in the early stages of their relationship Ford was ‘much more controlling’ and ‘occasionally aggressive’ to Mr Ford.
They moved to Qatar in 2008 and spent most of their 10-year marriage living over there where she gave birth to the twins following IVF treatment.
Two-year-old twins Chloe (left) and Jake
‘It appears that they had a very good and affluent lifestyle which Samantha very much enjoyed,’ said Mr Kark.
But following their return to the UK last year, the relationship between the Fords ‘deteriorated’ and they eventually split in November.
In subsequent messages between them, the court heard Ford complained about the move back, telling him their ‘children are going to grow up in a miserable cold country’ and that they were ‘destined to be a miserable family living in a s**thole’.
Relatives later told police how she was ‘distraught’ at the break-up, ‘struggled to cope’ and had ‘not really settled after moving back to the UK’.
They also said she found it difficult to sleep and observed how ‘her mental health had deteriorated’.
Days before Christmas she was diagnosed with a ‘severe depressive disorder’ and suffering an ‘acute stress reaction’.
Mr Kark told the court she ‘blamed her estranged husband for dragging the family back from Qatar’ where they ‘enjoyed a relatively lavish lifestyle’.
He said there was evidence to suggest she was ‘a materialistic person’ who ‘resented losing her good lifestyle in Qatar’.
It had been agreed that because of her deteriorating mental state, Steven would have the children over Christmas and return them in the New Year.
But the plan changed, and he dropped them back to Samantha on Boxing Day.
Mr Kark said Samantha was ‘an almost obsessive user of her phone in the lead-up to Christmas Day’.
An interrogation of it revealed Google searches for ‘drowning children’, ‘overdosing’ and ‘how long does it take to drown someone’.
Mrs Ford (left), Mr Ford (pictured right) and the twins posing with Santa at Christmas
The court also heard it showed she ‘was not without support from her family’ during the same period.
Her brother drove past her house late on Boxing Day night and was alarmed to see the lights on but her car missing from outside.
He described the sight leaving him ‘with a horrible sinking feeling’ and their sister message Samantha to say they were going to call the Crisis team because of her worrying behaviour.
When their mother managed to get through shortly after 11pm Samantha told her she was at their old house with the children.
But Mr Kark told the court: ‘That was a lie, because by this time the children were lying dead at the house in Castle Drive.’
The court heard they arrived home at around midday on Boxing Day, while Samantha’s parents were visiting.
When police Mrs Ford’s home, in Margate, Kent, at 3:35am, they found the toddlers dead
Aside from a short trip out to Sainsbury’s, they remained there until around 6.25pm that evening.
Within half an hour she had drowned her two toddlers, dressed them in nappies and baby-grows, lay them in their beds and set off in her Ford Galaxy at around 6.52pm.
Ford, of Westwood, had been facing trial accused of murder, but prosecutors accepted guilty pleas to manslaughter in light of psychiatric reports.
Mr Justice Edis is expected to sentence her later after hearing further evidence from psychiatrists.
Mr Ford sat in the well of the court flanked by a number of supporters during the hearing today.
He has posted a series of pictures of the children on Twitter since their death, describing them as his ‘beautiful babies’.
After the killings he tweeted: ‘Daddy’s twins xxx my beautiful babies. I love you.’
Mr Ford is pictured with both his twins in an image posted to his Facebook account
Soon after the death of his children, Mr Ford thanks people for their messages of tribute and support