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 sent out in Slack inquest

The coroner has instructed the jury that they can return conclusions (previously known as verdicts) of "unlawful killing" on Rachael and Auden Slack, and "suicide" on Andrew Cairns.

Dr Robert Hunter has also told them they can return a narrative conclusion on Miss Slack and Auden which includes mention of unlawful killing either by murder or voluntary manslaughter, depending on their assessment of the state of mind of the person responsible.

The jury, he said, must reach their conclusions "beyond all reasonable doubt".

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