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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Coroner continues thorough summary of stab inquest

Coroner Dr Robert Hunter is going through every piece of evidence, witness by witness, heard over the past five weeks.

He first reminded the jury of the concerns of both Andrew Cairns' and Rachael Slack's families about Mr Cairns' state of mind.

Both Hazel Slack, Miss Slack's mother, and Diane Belshaw, Mr Cairns' sister, told the court how he often spoke of having suicidal thoughts. Mrs Belshaw had recalled a family Christmas in 2008 when her brother seemed agitated and looked "dead behind the eyes".

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