A MAN stabbed his estranged wife to death, before leaping into the path of a train at Marston Green Railway Station, an inquest heard this week.
Jurors recorded a verdict of unlawful killing on mum-of-two Helen Findlay – who was stabbed 11 times with a kitchen knife, and then attacked with a hammer at her former Holly Lane home.
It was found that her husband, Mark, had then walked to the nearby train station and taken his own life.
Police had found Mrs Findlay’s body on February 17, this year. Officers had gone round to the address in the afternoon, after finding a birth certificate on Mr Findlay’s body.
They had to force entry into the semi-detached home, finding Mrs Findlay’s body in the lounge.
The couple had two children, aged 13 and six, but had split up last year. There had been a brief reconciliation over the Christmas period, but Helen had moved out of the Marston Green home, and was living in Stetchford at the time.
Birmingham Coroner’s Court was told that detectives had watched CCTV, taken over 100 statements, and carried out background checks to try and establish the couple’s final movements.
Det Sgt Richard Huckvale said: “There was no evidence that he was planning to harm Helen in the days before the deaths.
“In one of the letters that was left by Mark, he did ask his parents to look after the children. There was no confessions in the letters that were left.”
Mr Findlay’s father, Roy, also gave evidence at Tuesday’s inquest. He said that his son had not coped well with the split.
* West Midlands Police have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the days before Mrs Findlay’s murder.
It had emerged that she had called the force only five days before her death, claming that her husband had super-glued her car and house doors together.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) had launched an inquiry into the actions that officers had taken.
They found no evidence of misconduct by police officers, saying that they had acted in accordance with force procedures and policies.