A bodybuilder stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death in a “severe and sustained” attack because he could not accept the relationship was over, an inquest heard.
Simon Hall, aged 36, told friends and a mistress he would kill his former partner so “no-one else” could have her.
Tragic Gabrielle Stanley, aged 28, was brutally knifed at the home she had shared with steroid user on October 26 last year.
She sustained 30 stab wounds in the attack and died at Doncaster Royal Infirmary later that night. Hall was also found dead at the scene and a post mortem revealed the cause of death to be hanging.
Six weeks before Gabrielle was stabbed she had split up with Hall because of his infidelity and his continued steroid abuse.
Recording a verdict of unlawful killing for Gabrielle at Doncaster Crown Court today, Coroner Nicola Mundy said: “Gabrielle Stanley had been in a long-term relationship with [Hall] and had resided with him until six weeks before her death when she chose to end the relationship.
“Their relationship had been difficult for a long time due to [Hall’s] relationships with other women, the fact that he spent a considerable time in the gym and used steroids, which affected his behaviour and made him aggressive.”
Ms Mundy said that she was certain that Gabrielle had no intention of reconciling her relationship with Hall when she went over to the house they formerly shared to discuss finances, and that Hall was “obsessive” in his attempts to win Gabrielle back and was sure that she would return to him one day.
Ms Mundy added: “I consider that at some point in the evening her partner had seen the phone and realised Gabrielle was in another relationship and his hopes of reconciliation would come to nothing and that led him to carry out a severe and sustained attack on Gabrielle.”
Ms Mundy recorded a verdict of suicide for Simon Hall.