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A husband stabbed his wife to death and turned the knife himself

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Published: 09:34 GMT, Nov 12, 2015 |
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A husband stabbed his wife to death before turning the knife on himself after she told him she wanted a divorce, an inquest heard.

Nigel Henderson, 52, and wife Stacey, 35, were found dead at their home in Chepstow, Wales, having both died from stab wounds to the heart.

An inquest into their deaths today heard Mr Henderson was holding the bloodied kitchen knife when police broke into their home.

After she fell to the ground covered in blood, he began to stab himself.

The inquest heard that the next morning a neighbour spotted the couple lying motionless on their lounge floor covered in blood.

When police broke into the home they found Mrs Henderson’s suitcase lying at the foot of the stairs.

The night before her death, she and her mother had met with a solicitor to arrange divorce proceedings, who advised her to begin proceedings straight away.

But Mrs Henderson said she wanted to talk to her husband in person first.

Mrs Davies said: “I told her not to go to tell Nigel because I knew he wouldn’t take it very well.”

Mr Henderson was described by his brother Stephen as a depressive who had tried to commit suicide on a number of previous occasions with drug overdoses.

He had been subject of a mental assessment in 2010.

“When he knew his marriage was over he was devastated and angry that he couldn’t make it right.”

Detective Constable Claire Offers told the inquest the Hendersons’ relationship had been “turbulent and volatile”.

Gwent coroner David Bowen said: “I am satisfied no third party was involved.”