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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Jury watches footage of Cairns on day he died

The jury at the inquest into the death of a man found stabbed to death with his ex-partner and their child has been watching CCTV footage of him outside a doctor's surgery.

The jury at Derby Coroner's Court was shown footage of Andrew Cairns walking around the entrance to the surgery on the day he died.

Neighbours to give evidence at Rachael Slack inquest

The inquest into the death of a pregnant Derbyshire woman, Rachael Slack, is expected to hear evidence today from neighbours and paramedics who discovered her body alongside her young son and former partner three years ago.

Andrew Cairns

Yesterday, a GP gave evidence where he said there had been concerns about Andrew Cairns' 'agitated' state.


Andrew Cairns apologised to GP for 'personal threat'

Dr Michael Small felt it was important to put a comment Andrew Cairns made to him into context.

I said what do you mean. I explained I saw this as a personal threat and he apologised saying that's not what he meant.

He said it was about seeing Auden and it was important that I understood how important it was that he got to see Auden. He popped his head back to apologise again.

– Dr Michael Small, GP

GP felt Andrew Cairns made a personal threat

The inquest into the death of a Derbyshire woman and her son has heard Andrew Cairns told Dr Michael Small he had spoken to the press about his dissatisfaction with the mental health team.

Towards the end of a consultation Cairns said, "These are going to be the most important days of your career".

Andrew Cairns

Dr Small said he took this to be a personal threat that if Mr Cairns was not happy with the way he was treating him, he would complain to the press about him, too.

GP tells inquest Andrew Cairns was 'agitated'

Dr Michael Small has told an inquest into the death of a Derbyshire woman, her son and ex-boyfriend, Andrew Cairns, he saw Cairns on the 2nd June 2010. He said he was agitated and hyperventilating.

He looked anxious but he calmed down soon after. He spoke in a rational way and kept good eye contact with me. I didn't know he had previously been arrested for making threats to kill Rachael.

He did say that Rachael wasn't allowing him to have access to his son Auden.

During the consultation, he was holding a photograph and was saying he wanted to be involved in the care of Auden. I believed the consultation ended on a positive note.

He came in agitated and anxious but he appeared calmer when he left. He popped his head back to go through what the 'reduction regime' for his medication was.

– Dr Michael Small, GP

Concerns about Cairns' mental health - GP

A GP has given evidence at an inquest into the death of Rachael Slack, her young son, and ex-boyfriend, Andrew Cairns.

The concern of the mental health team was that his mental health was deteriorating, he wasn't eating or going out. He was becoming isolated.

The mental health team called again March 2010 to say they were concerned about Mr Cairns. It was a similar story to before, he was getting worse. He was engaging in the treatment he was given.

– Dr Michael Small, GP


GP gives evidence at Rachael Slack inquest

Dr Michael Small, a GP, has given evidence at an inquest into the death of Rachael Slack from Derbyshire, her young son and her ex-boyfriend, Andrew Cairns.

Andrew Cairns

Dr Small told the inquest Mr Cairns had agreed to go to hospital voluntarily and if he had not, he would have been sectioned.

He saw Mr Cairns in August 2009 for a mental health assessment.

Inquest to hear evidence from woman's ex-partner

The inquest into the death of pregnant mother, Rachael Slack from Derbyshire will hear evidence from a doctor who examined her ex-partner while he was in police custody.

Andrew Carins was being questioned for allegedly threatening to kill Miss Slack five days before he was found dead alongside her and their young son.

Inquest hears tearful 999 call

An inquest has heard a tearful 999 call which a pregnant mother made to police, days before she was found stabbed at her home in Derbyshire.

Rachel Flack made the call when her ex-partner turned up at her cottage in Holbrook in May 2010. It came the day after he'd been detained by police under the Mental Health Act. Andrew Cairns was released after a Psychiatric Assessment.

Six days later Miss Slack, Mr Cairns and their two-year-old son Auden were all found dead with multiple stab wounds at the cottage. The inquest continues.

Derbyshire stabbing victim's boyfriend to give evidence

The boyfriend of a pregnant mother who was found dead in her Derbyshire cottage with multiple stab wounds will today give evidence at her inquest.

Rachael Slack, 38, was expecting Robert Barlow's child when her body was found at the house in Holbrook near Belper in June 2010.

Also found at the property with stab wounds were Miss Slack's ex-partner Andrew Cairns and their two year old son Auden.

The inquests on all three deaths are being heard before a jury at Derby Coroner's Court.

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