Headteacher admits murdering Loughborough University graduate and her partner
A former headteacher has plead guilty to murdering his wife and her partner during New Year's Day.
Dressed in a red shirt, he spoke to confirm he could hear the proceedings and to plead guilty to murdering both Helen Hancock and Martin Griffiths.
Clive Stockwell, defending, who also appeared via a separate link into the hearing, asked for a sentencing date to be held when the matter could be heard in court itself.
Due to the current coronavirus situation though, a date for Hancock's sentencing hearing could not be made at this time.
Addressing Hancock, Judge Nirmal Shant QC, Honorary recorder of Derby, said: "You have pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and will be sentenced in due course.
"I can't offer a date today, but one will be made in due course. I will vacate the trial date and adjourn for sentence and will be told what the date will be in due course.
"It may be this court or another court."(Image: SWNS/PA)
The former school head teacher has pleaded guilty to killing his wife Helen, 39, and her partner Mr Griffiths, 48, at their former family home in New Zealand Lane in Duffield, Derbyshire.
At an inquest hearing in January, senior coroner Dr Robert Hunter confirmed their names and said Ms Hancock had been working as a PE teacher at Fountains High School in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
Reading a pathologist's initial report into Ms Hancock's injuries, he said: "The examination identified multiple stab wounds including defensive type injuries, some of which were indicative of severe force.
"A knife was recovered from the abdomen. The whole of the knife being within the body.
"The examination identified blunt trauma to the right eye."
Dr Hunter said Mr Griffiths suffered stab wounds to his left shoulder and right side of his neck, as well as "defensive type injuries".
A forensic pathologist said the provisional cause of death for both victims had been recorded as stab wounds.
Mrs Hancock's family has previously described her as a "lovely, beautiful, friendly, bubbly and social person" and Mr Griffiths was said to be "a lovely dad, husband, son, brother and uncle who had a passion for adventure, running and a love of animals".
A family statement added: "He enjoyed travelling the world, mountain climbing and spending time with his two children. He will be greatly missed."
Mr Griffiths ran DE22 Creative Design Solutions which later rebranded to 22Creative and is based in Friar Gate, Derby.
Rhys Hancock, of Portland Street, Etwall, Derbyshire, remains in custody after being charged with double murder.
A date for when Hancock will be sentenced will be decided in due course.