A MOM killed alongside her new lover was stabbed so savagely the entire knife was found in her stomach, an inquest heard today.
Helen Hancock, 39, was discovered in the New Year’s Day bloodbath along with marketing firm boss Martin Griffiths, 48.
The teacher’s estranged husband, headteacher Rhys Hancock, has been charged with murder following the horror at his former marital home in Duffield, Derbys.
An inquest today heard how Helen was so brutally stabbed the knife – including blade and handle – were lodged in her body when paramedics found her.
A post-mortem also revealed she had suffered “defence injuries” during the attack.
Derbyshire’s Senior Coroner Dr Robert Hunter said: “Helen Hancock had suffered multiple stab wounds, some of which indicated the use of severe force.
“A knife was recovered from the abdomen. The whole of the knife being within the body.”
NEW YEAR BLOODBATH
The hearing was told Martin, who had been seeing Helen for a couple of months, also had multiple stab wounds – especially to his left shoulder and right side of his neck.
Both inquests were adjourned pending the outcome of ongoing criminal proceedings.
Hancock, who had three children – aged nine, four and three – with his wife, was arrested outside the home in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
A previous court hearing was told he dialled 999 himself before he was later charged with two counts of murder.
Hancock’s mum also called cops to warn them her son was heading to his estranged wife’s home armed with two knives, it was said.
The couple had separated “some time ago” but trouble allegedly flared as Helen marked the New Year with partner Martin.
Horrified neighbours heard someone yell: “They’re dead! They’re dead! What have you f******g done?” at about 3am.
Cops then discovered Martin, who was declared dead at the scene, and Helen, who tragically couldn’t be saved despite the effort of paramedics.
Derbyshire Police has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct due to contact between Helen and its officers before the incident.
Hancock appeared at Derby Crown Court for a brief 10-minute hearing on January 6 and was remanded in custody ahead of a trial provisionally set for August 24.