Derby mother 'unlawfully killed'

A jury has found that a mother from Derby was 'unlawfully killed'. They concluded that Rachael Slack had been stabbed by her ex-partner Andrew Cairns. Her son Auden was also found dead.

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Police 'more than minimally contributed' to deaths

Police failures in the run-up to the killings of a pregnant mother and her 23-month-old son had "more than minimally contributed" to their deaths, an inquest jury found.

Andrew Cairns took his own life. Credit: ITV Central

Rachael Slack, 38, and her son Auden were stabbed to death by her former partner Andrew Cairns - who had a history of mental illness.

During an inquest at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner's Court, which began last month, jurors heard that Cairns had been struggling with declining mental health since the break-up of his relationship with Ms Slack in 2009.

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Jury finds that Rachael Slack was 'unlawfully killed'

A jury at the inquest into the stabbing of Rachael Slack, Andrew Cairns and their son, Auden, has reached the verdict that Ms. Slack was unlawfully killed by Cairns. In part, her death was minimally contributed to by a failure to impress upon her that she was at high risk of homicide.

Rachael Slack and her son, Auden Credit: Courtesy of Derby Telegraph

The jury also found Auden Slack was unlawfully killed by Cairns and in part his death was minimally contributed to by a failure to impress upon his mother that he was at high risk of serious injury or homicide, and a failure to discuss with his mother adequate steps of protection.

Andrew Cairns

Andrew Cairns was found to have taken his own life.

Derby stabbing has had ‘massive effect’ on officers

A jury has returned the verdict that Rachael Slack was unlawfully killed by her former partner, Andrew Cairns, in 2010, and also determined a failure by the police to tell her of the high risk to her life was a contributing factor

DCI Gary Goacher of Derbyshire Police said the deaths have had a ‘massive effect’ upon the officers who dealt with Cairns and Ms. Slack prior to the stabbing.

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Woman was unlawfully killed by her former partner

Rachael Slack and her son, Auden. Credit: Courtesy of Derby Telegraph

Rachael Slack, who was stabbed to death along with her son 23-month-old Auden, was unlawfully killed by her former partner Andrew Cairns and a failure by the police to tell her of the high risk to her life was a contributing factor.

The inquest also ruled that Cairns took his own life.

Jury resume deliberations at Derby stabbing inquest

The jury in the inquests into a pregnant mother, her ex-partner and their son found stabbed to death in Derbyshire have gone out to resume their deliberations.

Rachael Slack, Andrew Cairns and two year old Auden were found with multiple stab wounds at a cottage in Holbrook near Belper in June 2010.

Rachael Slack and her son, Auden Credit: Courtesy of Derby Telegraph

The coroner, Dr Robert Hunter, gave the jury directions to help them reach their conclusions (verdicts) before sending them out yesterday afternoon.

Andrew Cairns Credit: Courtesy of Derby Telegraph

Dr Hunter has told them they can return a narrative conclusion on Rachael and Auden Slack which incorporates "unlawful killing". They can also consider whether any failings by the police contributed to their deaths.

Jury spends second day considering stabbing verdicts

The jury will spend a second day considering verdicts at the inquest into the deaths of Andrew Cairns, his former partner, Rachael Slack, and their son, Auden.

The inquest jury have heard five weeks of evidence covering the day of the tragedy and police contact with Andrew Cairns in the days leading up to it. They have also been told about Mr Cairns' history of psychiatric problems and his care by mental health services in Derbyshire.

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