Axe horror in double killing

West Yorkshire Police supplied collect picture of Garforth murder victim Sarah Laycock.

West Yorkshire Police supplied collect picture of Garforth murder victim Sarah Laycock.

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A CASTLEFORD deputy headteacher suffered fatal axe and stab wounds and her daughter was stabbed to death in a frenzied attack at their Garforth home.

An inquest at Leeds Coroner’s Court last Friday heard 31-year-old Sarah Laycock – a teacher at Wheldon Infant School – and her eight-year-old daughter Abigail Miller were found dead at their home on Kirkby Avenue on January 14.

West Yorkshire Police supplied collect picture of Garforth murder victim Abigail Miller

West Yorkshire Police supplied collect picture of Garforth murder victim Abigail Miller

Miss Laycock’s partner John Miller, 36, was arrested hours later on suspicion of the double murder and the attempted murder of the couple’s four-year-old daughter Amelia, who suffered minor injuries.

During the short hearing, coroner David Hinchliff read a postmortem report, which revealed Miss Laycock’s cause of death was “massive cranial and facial trauma as a result of multiple axe and stab wounds”.

He said Abigail had died from a stab wound to the neck and had also suffered “blunt force head injuries”.

Mr Miller was said to have a serious arm injury when he was arrested by police at Fairburn Ings nature reserve. He was committed to psychiatric care in Wakefield days after the incident.

The inquest heard he remained in care and police confirmed his detention under the Mental Health Act is a “long-term arrangement”.

The coroner said Mr Miller’s solicitors had asked for a second postmortem, which had been carried out.

He issued cremation certificates and interim death certificates so that the bodies could be released for their funerals.

He added: “I will now adjourn this inquest pending the outcome of further police inquiries.

“Regarding the ultimate resumption of this inquest, I await the outcome of the inquiry.

“Depending on whether a person is charged with a homicide offence, I will either adjourn the inquest or, depending on the circumstances, conduct a full inquest.”