Headteacher Rhys Hancock jailed for life for murdering wife and her new lover

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Headteacher Rhys Hancock has been jailed for life for murdering his estranged wife and her new lover.

The 40-year-old was sentenced to a minimum of 31 years in jail for the murders of Helen Hancock and Martin Griffiths.

Hancock had already pleaded guilty to murdering his 39-year-old former spouse, from Duffield, and Martin Griffiths, 48, from Derby.

Both were found with multiple stab wounds after police discovered their bodies at 4.11am on New Year's Day at the former marital home in New Zealand Lane, Duffield.

Nobody else was in the house at the time as the couple's three children had been staying with a grandparent at the time of the killings.

DerbyshireLive reports Hancock had been to a pub near his home before returning with two women.

After they left, he went upstairs and woke his sleeping mother to tell her he knew Martin was at the former marital home.

Prosecuting barrister Michael Auty QC said: "The defendant had two knives in his hand, one was an 18cm chef's knife and the other was longer, around 32cm.

"He said to his mother 'I feel like I want to kill them'. He told his mother he loved her and told her he would be sent away for 25 years. She said she had never seen him so calm."

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Hancock, of Portland Street, Etwall, is a former headteacher at Stanton Vale School, in Long Eaton, Derbyshire.

Helen had been working as a PE teacher at Fountains High School in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Her family had previously described as a "lovely, beautiful, friendly, bubbly and social person".

Martin was said to be "a lovely dad, husband, son, brother and uncle who had a passion for adventure, running and a love of animals".

  • Mum-of-three 'stabbed to death with such force the whole knife was buried in her stomach'

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