Mother, 37, bled to death after brutal stabbing at the hands of her partner who died in police chase

Murdered mother’s horrific final hours are revealed: Inquest hears bar worker, 37, bled to death after brutal stabbing at the hands of her partner… before he died in car crash during police pursuit

  • Becci Rees-Hughes was found with stab wounds at her home in Hull on July 25
  • Her partner Ben Crosby died shortly later in a car crash during a police chase
  • Officers believe he killed her and then called his parents, who found her body
  • An inquest into the death of the ‘lovely, fun, caring and bright’ mum has opened

A ‘caring and bright’ mother bled to death after being brutally stabbed by her partner who later died in a police chase, an inquest has heard. 

Becci Rees-Hughes was stabbed multiple times and left with head trauma during an attack at her home near Hull, on Monday, July 25.

Police have said they believe her attacker was Ben Crosby, who had been in a relationship with the 37-year-old, who died in a car crash the same night while being pursued by police.

The hearing at Hull Coroner’s Court yesterday was told that police had been alerted after the bar worker’s body was found by Crosby’s horrified parents when they arrived at her house in Samman Road, Beverley, after he asked them to come.

There has been an outpouring of grief following Ms Rees-Hughes murder, with people paying tribute to the ‘lovely, fun, caring and bright’ mother, who was also a student at Hull University. 

Mother-of-two Becci Rees-Hughes died after being stabbed multiple times on Monday, July 25

Mother-of-two Becci Rees-Hughes died after being stabbed multiple times on Monday, July 25

Her body was found by the parents of her partner Ben Crosby at her home in Berverley, near Hull

Her body was found by the parents of her partner Ben Crosby at her home in Berverley, near Hull

Ben Crosby is believed to have killed Ms Rees-Hughes at her home before calling his parents to the address

Ben Crosby is believed to have killed Ms Rees-Hughes at her home before calling his parents to the address

The circumstances of her death will now be investigated by Professor Paul Marks, senior coroner for the East Riding of Yorkshire and Kingston-upon-Hull. 

At the opening of the inquest yesterday, the hearing was told by DCI Allan Curtis, Humerside Police’s Senior Investigating Officer, that Ms Rees-Hughes had been at work before the incident. 

He said the mother-of-two had been at work at the Firepit Beverley pub and restaurant, which is in Flemingate shopping centre, when Crosby arrived at the bar. 

He said the pair were seen drinking together for a short time after she finished work at 9pm, before they headed to her home.

The court heard that at around 1.45am both were seen leaving her home on CCTV, but they are thought to have come back.

It was told that at 6am Crosby rang his parents, who went round to the house and found Ms Rees-Hughes’ body. The police were then alerted.

A short time later Crosby was involved in a police chase, and was fatally injured when his Volkswagen Polo crashed into a Ford Transit van on the A1034 near Hornsea at 6.30am.

The van driver, who is not connected with Ms Rees-Hughes’ death, was seriously injured and left with life-changing injuries. 

DCI Curtis told the hearing police believe Ms Rees-Hughes died in a domestic violence related incident, and that she sis thought to have bled to death after suffering multiple stab wounds and head trauma.

There has been an outpouring of grief after police revealed Ms Rees-Hughes had died in the incident

There has been an outpouring of grief after police revealed Ms Rees-Hughes had died in the incident

A car being driven by Crosby collided with another vehicle, a Ford Transit van, at around 6.30am while being pursued by police

A car being driven by Crosby collided with another vehicle, a Ford Transit van, at around 6.30am while being pursued by police

The crash, which closed the A1034 near Hornsea, left Crosby fatally injured and seriously hurt the van driver, who had not been involved in the murder of Ms Rees-Hughes

The crash, which closed the A1034 near Hornsea, left Crosby fatally injured and seriously hurt the van driver, who had not been involved in the murder of Ms Rees-Hughes 

He added there are no other suspects and evidence points to Crosby being the person who killed her. 

Due to the circumstances of the incident, Coroner Marks said he will be investigating the deaths of both Becci Rees-Hughes and and Ben Crosby.

The case was adjourned while investigations are undertaken to determine their causes of death and other fact finding exercises take place.

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to Ms Rees-Hughes following her death, with people who knew who keen to remember a loving mother, caring friend and bright student.

Her professor at the University of Hill, where she was studying Physics, said she had been among the top performers in her year. 

Humberside Police at the scene of the murder of a women in Beverley doing door to door enquiries

Humberside Police at the scene of the murder of a women in Beverley doing door to door enquiries

A forensics officer in protective gear leaves cordon after visiting the crime scene on Monday, July 25

A forensics officer in protective gear leaves cordon after visiting the crime scene on Monday, July 25

Professor Brad Gibson said she was ‘passionate about equality and diversity’, Hull Live reports.

He added: ‘The passion was only matched by the passion that shone through when she was talking about her kids. It is those kids who have filled my thoughts.’

A former colleague described her as the ‘life and soul of the party’ who was ‘such a lovely girl’. 

Neighbours in Samman Road said Ms Rees-Hughes had a ‘quiet family’ and confirmed that Crosby, who worked as a massage therapist and ran his own clinic called Alleviate Massage, often stayed at her house.

An investigation has been launched by the Independent Office for Police Conduct into the crash which killed Crosby and left the van driver seriously injured.

Anyone who can help with the police’s investigation and has not yet come forward is asked to call the non-emergency number 101 quoting log 66 of 25 July 2022. Alternatively, to give information anonymously, they are asked to call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

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