A LETTER from a killer’s family begging for help before he started a fatal fire was not read during his mental health assessment, an inquest heard.

Rasak Obe, part of the first response team at the Essex Partnership Trust, insisted he had “no recollection” of a letter when pressed by the coroner yesterday.

Lill Troisi was convicted of manslaughter for starting a fire in Grampian flats in Sailsbury Avenue, Westcliff, on May 7, 2016 which killed Khabi Abrey, 30. and her unborn child.

Troisi was found to be “acutely psychotic” and hadn’t taken medication for 18 months.

However, in April that year a referral was made by Troisi’s GP to the mental health trust, asking if they could assess him.

Essex Coroner’s Court heard that a letter from Troisi’s sister, Rosa Garner, detailing the family’s concerns was included in the referral.

However, Mr Obe said he “couldn’t recall” seeing the letter when asked by Area Coroner Sean Horstead why it wasn’t read.

Coroner Horstead said: “I will repeat my question as I need to get an answer. It’s an important issue as I’m sure you appreciate.

“You have in your evidence that you didn’t read Ms Garner’s letter. My question is why you didn’t try to locate it and then read it.”

Mr Obe replied: “I didn’t see any letter so really that’s the reason. I have no recollection of a letter from the family.”

Coroner Horstead continued to ask Mr Obe the same question but received the same response.

Ms Garner previously told the inquest her brother, saying he couldn’t access a monthly injected medication when moving to Southend at the start of 2015.

Coroner Horstead said the letter contained concerns from Troisi’s family, such as him crashing his car, losing seven stone and talking to himself.

When asked if the team’s risk assessment could have benefitted from knowing this information, Mr Obe said: “It’s possible”.

Coroner Horstead asked a final time: “My question is, why did you not see the letter?”

Mr Obe replied: “I don’t have the answer to that.”

The inquest continues.