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Ex-headteacher jailed for life for double murder

|News, Violent crime

A former headteacher from Derbyshire has been jailed for life for the double murder of his estranged wife and her partner.

Rhys Hancock, 40, was today (Thursday 1 October) sent to prison for life with a minimum term of 31 years at Derby Crown Court after he was arrested, remanded in custody and eventually pleaded guilty to the murders.

Hancock stabbed his former wife Helen and her partner Martin Griffiths to death while they slept in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2020. He left his mother’s house in Etwall, where he had been living since the break-up of their relationship, after announcing his intention to kill Mrs Hancock and Mr Griffiths and taking two knives from the kitchen.

On arrival at the house in Duffield, he entered through the back door and attacked the couple in the bedroom upstairs. He then called 999 himself and told operators what he had done.

Rachael Dean of the CPS said: “Rhys Hancock’s actions tore apart three families and have had a profound effect on the community. We have today shown the court the extent not only of his violent behaviour, but also his complete lack of remorse. He decided, while in full control of his actions, that the answer to his problems was to drive a considerable distance and kill two people. Even after he had committed the murders, he sought to blame others for what he had done.

“Helen Hancock and Martin Griffiths are missed by their loved ones every day and I know many people were shocked and saddened by their deaths. Rhys Hancock alone bears the responsibility for this. I would like to offer everyone grieving my heartfelt sympathy.”

Notes to editors

  • Rachael Dean is a Senior District Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands
  • Rhys Hancock (10/10/80) has been convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to life with a minimum terms of 31 years' imprisonment at Derby Crown Court.

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