Police say man stabbed himself to death after wife was killed

The home where the bodies were found
The home where the bodies were found

Police who discovered a couple dead in their Chesterfield home believe the wife had been killed and the husband had stabbed himself to death.

Derbyshire Constabulary revealed during an inquest at Chesterfield coroner’s court this week that 57-year-old Julie Connaughton was found with head wounds and pillow over her head and her 60-year-old husband David Connaughton had self-inflicted stab wounds.

The court heard how Mrs Connaughton’s worried daughter Emily Corless and neighbours had struggled to get into the couple’s bedroom at Walton Drive, Boythorpe, Chesterfield, before police forced the door open and found the dead couple on Friday afternoon.

Police stated they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

Derbyshire assistant coroner Nigel Anderson said: “The scenario which police are working with is that she was killed and her husband took his own life by inflicting stab wounds upon himself.”

Det Sgt Lesley Turner, of Derbyshire Constabulary, confirmed during the hearing that the couple had married in 2004 but Mrs Connaughton had recently filed for divorce.

But shocked family and friends said there was no history of arguments, threats or violence between them.

Mrs Connaughton’s daughter Emily, from a previous relationship, had texted and phoned her mother on Friday, according to the inquest, but when she received no replies she returned to the family home about 2pm and made the horrific discovery.

Det Sgt Turner said: “She discovered her mum’s and step-father’s bedroom door jammed and she got neighbours to help but none of them could open the door so they called the police.”

Det Sgt Turner added: “Julie had a wide circle of friends that she was closely in contact with and there was no mention or suggestion of violence or threats towards her. This has come out of the blue.”

Mr Anderson adjourned the inquest for a date to be fixed.

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