A person stabbed his girlfriend to demise earlier than taking his personal life in a ‘murder-suicide’, an inquest heard.
The our bodies of John-Lee Kirwin and Nichola Jayne Campbell had been found in a bedsit in Harpurhey in December 2017.
An inquest at Manchester Coroner’s Courtroom heard that Mr Kirwin, 32, stabbed Miss Campbell to demise earlier than taking an overdose of paracetamol on the morning of December 20.
Their our bodies had been found two days later, prompting a homicide investigation.
The pair had been in an on-off , ‘risky’ relationship since 2011 and had just lately began seeing one another once more.
Mr Kiriwn had a historical past of psychological well being and drug abuse issues, and had beforehand tried to take his personal life.
He lived at Step N Stones, an lodging facility for males with studying difficulties and psychological well being issues on Beech Mount, Harpurhey.
Unbeknown to Niki Campbell’s household, she had been residing with Mr Kirwin in his bedsit.
The evening previous to their deaths, the couple had been seen having an argument about textual content messages on Miss Campbell’s cell phone.
The supervisor of Step N Stones, Pauline Ferguson, noticed them rowing in a close-by pub at round 1.30am on December 20.
When she noticed Miss Campbell once more at round 7am outdoors Mr Kirwin’s room, Miss Campbell mentioned he was ‘going by way of her telephone’.
GMP senior investigating officer, Duncan Thorp, advised the inquest that Mr Kirwin had discovered messages to 2 different males on her cell.
Evaluation of Mr Kirwin’s telephone confirmed that he had despatched a variety of screengrabs of messages to a pal.
SIO Thorp advised the courtroom: “The clear inference is that he has seen these messages and so they have upset him.
“He has then despatched them to his pal.”
Police imagine that Mr Kirwin attacked and killed Miss Campbell at round 9am on December 20.
The our bodies had been found on December 22 when one other resident tried to enter the room to fetch an iron. The door had been locked and was wedged shut from the within.
SIO Thorp confirmed that the case was handled as a ‘murder-suicide’.
Forensic pathologists established that Miss Campbell had died of a number of stab wounds whereas Mr Kirwin initially appeared unhurt.
A autopsy and toxicology report confirmed that paracetamol poisoning was the reason for his demise.
Pathologists additionally discovered cocaine in Mr Kirwin’s system.
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Zak Golombeck, space coroner for Manchester metropolis, concluded that Mr Kirwin had died on account of suicide.
Mr Golombeck mentioned: “There was proof that John-Lee Kirwin and Nichola Campbell had an argument and I discover that upon returning on December 20, 2017, John Lee Kirwin stabbed her and took his personal life.
“I ought to add that the coroner within the inquest touching upon Nichola Campbell discovered that Nichola had been unlawfully killed.
“That inquest was held on February 22, 2021.
“Both earlier than or instantly following that act, John-Lee Kirwin despatched a textual content message to his mom telling her that he liked her.
“There was proof that one other comparable textual content message had been despatched in June 2017 shortly earlier than John-Lee took an overdose.
“On this event he ingested extreme quantities of paracetamol and died from the poisonous results of the paracetamol.
“This was a tragic occasion whereby John-Lee Kirwin took the lifetime of Nichola Campbell and quite than going through justice he deliberately took his personal life.
“Considering my findings, I return a conclusion of suicide.”