Rhys Hancock Wiki Biography and Crime
Former head teacher Rhys Hancock inflicted 103 knife injuries against his estranged wife Helen Hancock, 39, and her partner Martin Griffiths, 48, in a New Year’s Day “bloodbath” in Duffield, Derbyshire
Who is Rhys Hancock and why he killed her wife
A “sadistic” husband who stabbed to death his separated wife and new lover in a “blood bath” on New Year’s Eve, has been in prison for at least 31 years.
Former headmaster Rhys Hancock launched a wild knife attack with 103 injured against his wife Helen Hancock and Martin Griffiths at their former home in Duffield, Derbyshire.
Rhys Hancock Killed her wife on bed
“I killed my wife in her bed,” said Hancock, the jealous father of three children who discovered their relationship, then called 999.
The 40-year-old boy, who was previously released on bail following an attack on his wife, said during the interview: “I just stabbed them … there is blood everywhere. This is now. My children are safe. My mother’s house.”
Hancock was found outside the property in a bloody shirt immediately after the murders and said to a police officer: “I will not deny this; look at me.”
Rhys Hancock Wife Helen Hancock
Derby Crown Court heard that Hancock had 66 injuries to his 39-year-old wife using two kitchen knives he bought from his mother’s house in Etwall.
Mr Griffiths, the father of two 48-year-old fathers, was 37 injured in the “brutal” attack – “the most violent incident he has seen in over 17 years of experience”, a senior ambulance officer described.
Hancock pleaded guilty to two murders at an earlier hearing.
Judge Nirmal Shant QC sentenced her to a minimum of 31 years in prison and concluded that she “could not be sure” that the injuries sustained by the defendant’s absent wife were the result of “sadistic or sexual behavior”.
The judge told him, “What you did that night deprived two families of the people they loved, and no punishment will be enough for them, and nothing I will do will fill the undoubted gap left by the deaths of Helen Hancock and Martin Griffiths. In their life.
“What you did that night left your three children without a mother, and you left Martin’s family without a son and their children without a father.”
He added: “This was largely pre-thought and pre-planned. Before you left your mother’s house, you had decided on your intention to kill them both.”
Judge Shant described the attack on Ms. Hancock as “brutal and extensive,” but added: “I did not conclude that this was sadistic or sexual behavior.”
Before the court traveled 10 miles to his former marriage home, Hancock told his mother Denise Hancock about his plans – “he would be sentenced to 25 or 30 years in prison and released in his 60s.”
Hancock called 999 after killing her wife
Hancock called 999 to say “I just killed my wife in her bed” (Image: pixel8000)
Flower tributes outside the property in Duffield, Derbyshire (Image: Anita Maric / SWNS)
Summarizing Hancock’s actions, prosecutor Michael Auty QC told the court hearing: “These murders were premeditated, brutal, the attack was brutal, there were elements of sadism, and the intention was always… and only to kill.
“Perhaps, after all, they were forged with the coldest blood.”
Mr. Auty told the court that he had left his mother’s house with knives, as if to say goodbye to his mother, before he returned to share a cup of tea with his mother for the last time.
Mr. Griffiths, a physical education teacher Ms. Hancock and a former manager of a marketing company from Derby, was announced to have died shortly before 05:00 on January 1, at the private property in Lane, New Zealand.
The defendant was found guilty of two murders at the previous hearing.
Denise Hancock, after her son left the house for the last time, dialed 999 on her cell phone at 4.11 o’clock and said, “Please go. With another man. My son found out on Friday night. Now he has two. Knife and he goes there.”
His son took two landline phones with him to Duffield and tried to locate the cell phone to prevent him from warning the police – “I feel like I want to kill them.”
Mr Auty said the operator “tried to call Helen and warn him, but he had no idea what to say.”
“Sadist” Hancock confessed to killing his wife and new lover.
Forensic officers outside the home after the double murder (Image: SWNS)
At 4.26 pm the defendant called 999 himself: “I just stabbed them … There is blood everywhere. This just happened. My children are safe in my mother’s house.”
A police officer arrived at 4.28 am and saw Hancock wearing a shirt stained with blood.
He was arrested a few minutes after he told the police that he entered the unlocked house through the back door before leaving his bedroom.
The court heard the accused tell his mother, “I have the key. I can go in and catch them in bed.”
Hancock could not enter the front door as there was a key on the other side of the lock.
Following Hancock’s arrest, the police entered the house and discovered that both victims were lying on the floor.