I have killed my wife, there’s blood everywhere – Headteacher says as he calls 999 after killing spouse and her lover

A 39 years old wife, Helen Hancock have been stabbed to death by her husband Rhys Hancock who happens to be an headteacher.

He also went ahead and stabbed the man, she was having an affair Martin Griffiths a 48 years old father of two children.

The headteacher was arrested at the scene in Duffield, Derbys, after the New Year’s Day bloodbath when he called 999 himself.

He told police: “I have just murdered my wife in her bed. I have stabbed them and slit their throats. There is blood everywhere.”

When cops arrived at the home they found Hancock covered in blood and “fully compliant” sat on the pavement outside.

Martin Griffiths with his estranged wife Claire
Martin Griffiths with his estranged wife Claire

The monster told them: “I am hardly going to deny it, look at me”.

Mum-of-three Helen was found so brutally stabbed the knife – including blade and handle – were lodged in her body.

She suffered 66 separate injuries in the attack – including 28 to her head and neck – while Martin was found with 37 different wounds.

Hancock is due to sentenced today for the “premeditated, savage and merciless” slaughter committed in the “coldest of blood”.

He previously pleaded guilty to two counts of murder via video link at Derby Crown Court.

While Martin’s family said: “[Hancock] has destroyed our lives, we will never recover. It is an act of monument brutality which can never be rectified.”

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Martin Griffiths was found dead at the home in Derbyshire
Martin Griffiths was found dead at the home in Derbyshire

Hancock, who was appointed last year as the headteacher at Stanton Vale Special School in nearby Long Eaton, launched into the frenzied knife attack after discovering Helen’s new relationship with Martin.

She had ended her marriage to Hancock several months before and was living in the three-bedroom family home.

Hancock had been told not to contact his wife after being bailed for an alleged offense against her in October 2019.

On the day of the attack, Hancock’s mum Denise phoned police to warn them he had taken two knives – one a nine-inch chef’s knife and the other around 12 inches used for slicing – and was heading to the home.

She said she had “never seen him so calm” but was concerned he was going to do something because he had said earlier he “felt like killing them”.

Denise said she tried to remind him he had three “beautiful children” but Hancock told his mum he loved her and that he would be released from jail “when he was in his 60s”.

The mum told the cops: “Please you need to go.

“She has been with another man. My son found out on Friday night.

“He now has two knives and is on his way there. He is in his car. His name is Rhys Hancock.

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“I saw him take the knives.”

Police were then scrambled to the home where they found Helen and dad-of-two Martin lying on the bedroom floor with her head in his lap.

Paramedics battled for 15 minutes to save Helen but she was declared dead at the scene.

Paul Whitfield, a clinical operations manager with the East Midlands Ambulance Service, described the scene as a “bloodbath”.

Prosecutor Michael Auty QC said: “In over 17 years’ experience, it was the most violent incident he had ever seen.”

When interview by police, Hancock said he had been out drinking on New Year’s Eve before he went to his mum’s house and took the two knives.

He also swiped her two landline phones in a bid to stop her from calling the police but couldn’t find her mobile.

Bizarrely, the pair shared a final cup of tea together – as though it was “his way of bidding her farewell”.

He also showed his mother a photo he found of Martin and claimed his plan was to “creep in and catch them in bed together”.

The brute then drove to Duffield and entered the home through the back door before walking upstairs where he unleashed into the grisly rampage.

Hancock said: “I walked in, walked upstairs and I stabbed them. I’m sorry.”

He continued: “I have clearly done it haven’t I? I have blood all over my clothes and it is clearly theirs. I have just lost it haven’t I?”

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Hancock has been admitted two counts of murder
Hancock has been admitted two counts of murder

An inquest heard previously how Helen had suffered “defense 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.”

Derbyshire Constabulary referred itself to Britain’s police watchdog the IOPC “due to contact between Mrs. Hancock

and officers prior to the incident”.

An inquest heard previously how Helen had suffered “defense 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.”

Derbyshire Constabulary referred itself to Britain’s police watchdog the IOPC “due to contact between Mrs. Hancock and officers prior to the incident”.

In a statement Claire, 40, said: “I’m absolutely devastated for me, my children and all involved.”

In the statement, his family added: “Martin was a lovely dad, husband, son, brother, and uncle, who had a passion for adventure, running, and a love of animals.

“He enjoyed traveling the world, mountain climbing, and spending time with his two children.

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