Derby

Rachael Slack inquest: Andrew Cairns visited doctor

  • 24 September 2013
  • From the section Derby
Rachael and Auden Slack
Rachael and Auden Slack were both fatally stabbed

A man visited a doctor holding a picture of his son hours before he is thought to have stabbed the boy and his ex-partner to death, an inquest heard.

Rachael Slack, 38, and her 23-month-old son Auden were found dead at their home in Holbrook, Derbyshire on 2 June 2010.

Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner's Court heard Andrew Cairns, who was also found dead at the house, visited Ivy Grove Surgery, Ripley that day.

Dr Michael Small said Mr Cairns seemed positive during the appointment.

Dr Small told the inquest Mr Cairns seemed in an "agitated and anxious" state but calmed down during the 20-minute visit.

He said he had no concerns that the 44-year-old was a risk to himself or others.

"He was someone thinking about the future, and not someone who was thinking that the world was coming to an end for them," Dr Small said.

The inquest had heard Mr Cairns suffered from mental health problems since the break-up of his relationship with Ms Slack in 2009.

Home Office pathologist Professor Guy Rutty told the hearing he believed Mr Cairns' wounds were self-inflicted.

Ms Slack was pregnant at the time of her death and in a new relationship.

The inquest into the three deaths continues.

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