Inquest date set over the deaths of mum Rachael Slack, her son Auden and ex-partner Andrew Cairns
AN inquest into the deaths of a pregnant mother, her ex-partner and their toddler son will be held in September, it has now been revealed.
Rachael Slack was found dead in her Holbrook cottage along with former partner Andrew Cairns.
The estranged couple's 23-month-old son, Auden, was alive when he was found but had serious injuries.
He was airlifted to Royal Derby Hospital but later died.
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Post-mortem examinations of the three bodies revealed they all died from stab wounds.
The inquest, which Derby and South Derbyshire Coroners' Court has now revealed will begin on the week starting September 9, will last up to eight weeks.
The jury inquest will not be held at the coroners' court in Derby because it is too small for the amount of people that will be attending but it is expected to be held in the city.
However, a spokeswoman from Derby and South Derbyshire Coroners' Court said the venue had not yet been confirmed.
Most inquests will just be heard before the coroner but the law requires certain inquests to be held by the coroner sitting with a jury.
In such cases, it is the jury which decides the verdict.
The tragedy was discovered at about 11am on June 2, 2010, after police were called to the 38-year-old mother's home in Well Yard.
Ms Slack was expecting another child with her new partner and had been for her first scan a week before she died.
Ms Slack, an artist, had attended Waingroves Primary School and Mill Hill School in Ripley.
She studied art at the Chesterfield College of Art before completing a BA in fashion and design at the University of the Arts, London.
After graduating, she launched a floral design company in London and at one stage had a florist's shop in Heanor Road, Codnor.
She later moved to Ronda in Spain, where she lived with Mr Cairns and their son.
She worked as an events co-ordinator and garden designer at Race Resort Ascari.
When she left Spain in 2009 is it understood that Mr Cairns stayed in the country for a short time before following his family back to the UK.