Boy, 8, screamed after his mother was stabbed to death, inquest hears

Boy, 8, screamed ‘he’s killed my mummy’ after his mother, 26, was stabbed to death by her ‘jealous’ and ‘controlling’ boyfriend, inquest hears

  • Jayde Hall, 26, was discovered covered in blood at her home in Stoke-on-Trent
  • Her 46-year-old boyfriend Carl Antonio Scott became jealous and controlling
  • He stabbed her to death after accusing her of having an affair with a colleague
  • Police charged Scott with the murder and he was remanded in custody 
  • Unemployed Scott found hanged in his cell at HMP Dovegate on May 27, 2019

An eight-year-old boy cried ‘he’s killed my mummy’ after her ‘jealous’ partner stabbed her to death at their home, neighbours have revealed.

Jayde Hall, 26, was discovered covered in blood in the utility room of her home in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent, after she was attacked.

Ms Hall and Carl Antonio Scott, 46, had been together for 12 months but soon into their relationship Scott became ‘controlling’ and ‘jealous’, with Ms Hall describing him to colleagues as ‘a waste of space’.

Tensions came to a head when Ms Hall started a new job working as an insurance sales operative at a time when Scott became unemployed.

On the night of the killing, Ms Hall had been out with a work colleague, Anil Patel, to Wetherspoons in Newcastle and Scott accused her of having an affair.

She was home for just 25 minutes on May 24, 2019, when he stabbed her multiple times in the face and neck before calling the police to confess what he had done.

Police charged Scott with the murder and he was remanded in custody at HMP Dovegate but found hanged in his cell two days later.

Jayde Hall (pictured), 26, was discovered covered in blood in the utility room of her home in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent, after she was attacked

The inquest into Ms Hall’s death, which was held at Stoke Civic Centre yesterday, concluded she had been unlawfully killed.

Detective Inspector Cheryl Hannan, from Staffordshire Police, told the hearing police were called at 9.59pm and Ms Hall was confirmed dead at 11.31pm.

She added: ‘A male made the call stating he had stabbed Jayde. He stated he discarded the weapon. Police officers attended and found Jayde with the injuries.  

‘When police attended she was in the kitchen. Her son was in the living room. The male was not present. Attempts were made to locate the male who we know to be Carl Antonio Scott.’

Scott had walked away from the house after calling the police and went to visit a friend where he confessed he killed her because ‘she’s got a new boyfriend and I was jealous’. Police found Scott and he was arrested nearby at 3am. 

Ms Hannan added: ‘He called the police to say he killed Jayde. He told [Jayde’s mum] Tricia he killed Jayde. 

Scott had walked away from the house (pictured) after calling the police and went to visit a friend where he confessed he killed her because ‘she’s got a new boyfriend and I was jealous’. Police found Scott and he was arrested nearby at 3am

Detective Inspector Cheryl Hannan, from Staffordshire Police, told the hearing police were called at 9.59pm and Ms Hall was confirmed dead at 11.31pm. Pictured, the scene

‘He also visited a friend between the hours of the killing and him being arrested. He said he got into a fight with Jayde and she has died. He said “she’s got a new boyfriend and I was jealous”.’

CCTV footage revealed Ms Hall was only home for 25 minutes before she was killed, during which time neighbours heard arguing followed by a little boy shouting ‘he killed my mummy’.

Ms Hall added: ‘They say Carl walked away from the area. Paramedics attempted resuscitation. She was stabbed whilst she was upright and on the floor. Carl answered “no comment” in all interviews.’

Ms Hall’s mother Tricia Green told the inquest she received a call from ‘calm’ Scott telling her he had murdered her daughter.

She said: ‘I left work and was driving in my car. My phone rang and it was a missed call from Jade at 10.09pm. I phoned back and she didn’t answer. I rang a second time and a male voice came to the phone. It was Carl. He said “Jayde had been seeing someone from work and I just killed her”.

CCTV revealed Ms Hall (pictured) was only home for 25 minutes before she was killed

‘I was in shock. His voice was calm. I drove along the A50 to get to Jayde’s house. When I got there I saw police cars.’

Paying tribute to her daughter, Ms Green added: ‘She was bubbly but also fiery with her red hair. She was a loving mum and daughter.’

The inquest heard Ms Hall had a close relationship with both her parents who were separated.

Her father, Phillip Hall, said: ‘She loved her new job. She told me Carl was distant and off with her all the time. She said he was being miserable.

‘Jayde video called me and told me Carl accused her of having an affair because she had been on a night out.

‘She said Carl was leaving her and she told him to go. I received a call from her mobile and I missed it. I called her back at 8.20pm. She asked if they could stay, she didn’t feel safe on her own. She seemed timid.

‘At 10.49pm my eldest son Mark called me and said he had killed her. I didn’t want to believe it.’

The inquest heard Ms Hall started her new job in January 2019 and instantly made new friends.

Her colleague Mr Patel said: ‘You could tell she was friendly. She was kind and would wave. She told me she had been through some stuff in her life.

‘She told me she had a partner who was jealous and a waste of space. We knew we had feelings for each other. We had gone on a night out in Wetherspoons in Newcastle. She got a taxi home.

‘On Tuesday my manager told me she had been killed by her partner. It left me feeling empty and upset.’

Ms Hall’s cause of death was given as multiple stab wounds.

Coroner Emma Serrano concluded: ‘She was in a relationship with someone. There was some controlling behaviour. He was jealous of her relationship with her colleagues at work. She went to a new job and he lost his job.

‘Jayde wanted him to leave. He continued to sleep on the sofa. Jayde and her son arranged to stay with her dad and step-mum.

‘On May 24 she phoned her dad and asked if she could stay. Her dad said “yes”.

‘At 9.59pm her ex left the address and made a call to the police admitting that he had killed her. He made the call from her phone. Police and paramedics attended and she was found passed away in the utility room with multiple stabs to the neck and face.

‘On the balance of probabilities I am satisfied that Jade was unlawfully killed.’

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