Disturbing find in woman's stomach after fatal double stabbing

An inquest has heard that a mother of three was stabbed so brutally that paramedics found an entire knife, including the handle, lodged inside her abdomen.

Helen Hancock, 39, and her boyfriend Martin Griffiths, 48, both died in a vicious attack on New Year’s Day, The Sun reported.

Ms Hancock’s estranged husband, teacher Rhys Hancock, has been charged with the murders at his former marital home in Derbyshire, in the UK.

Derbyshire’s Senior Coroner Dr Robert Hunter told the court Ms 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,” Dr Hunter said.

A post-mortem also revealed she had suffered “defence injuries” during the attack.

Helen Hancock (left) and her boyfriend, Martin Griffiths (right), both died in a vicious attack on New Year’s Day. Source: Facebook

Mr Griffith, who had been in a relationship with Ms Hancock for a few months, was pronounced dead at the scene with multiple stab wounds predominately to his left shoulder and right side of his neck.

Ms Hancock was found alive in the home, but died a short time later.

The court heard Mr Hancock was found outside the home in the early hours of New Year’s Day after he called emergency services himself.

Mr Hancock’s mother had also phoned the police to warn her son was headed to the home in a rage, with two knives.

Helen (left) with her estranged husband, Rhys Hancock (right). They had been separated for some time. Source: Facebook

The estranged couple had been separated for “some time”.

Neighbours reported hearing someone yell, “They’re dead, they’re dead, what have you f***ing done?” about 3am on January 1. 

Derbyshire Police are working with the independent Office for Police Conduct due to contact between Ms Hancock and its officers before the incident.

Mr Hancock remains in custody and awaiting a trial provisionally set for August 24.

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