13th Apr, 2021

Man in court on murder charge over double stabbing in Coventry

Tristan Harris 27th Feb, 2021 Updated: 27th Feb, 2021

A MAN has been charged with murder following a double stabbing in Coventry on Thursday that left a man dead and his partner seriously ill in hospital.

Ryan Willden is accused of attacking the couple at his home address in Waveley Road, Coventry, at around 11.20am.

A 36-year-old man – Mark Hoof – suffered multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene while a woman, aged 46, was taken to hospital with wounds to her neck and leg.

She remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Mr Hoof was also living at the multi-occupancy address in the Spon End area of the city.

Willden, 36, appeared at Leamington Magistrates Court today after being charged with one count of murder and one of attempted murder last night.

Police still have the murder scene cordoned off while they continue to carry out forensic tests.

Det Insp Jim Mahon from West Midlands Police’s Homicide Unit said the scene in Waveley Road will continue to be held for several days for a detailed forensic examination – and that CCTV enquiries were also progressing.

He added: “This is really tragic case and our investigations are moving swiftly.

“I’d like to thank members of the local community who have assisted us in this investigation and provided help at the scene and in providing evidence.

“Our thoughts remain with the victim’s family and friends who are clearly devastated at what’s happened. We have assigned a specially trained family liaison officer to offer them support at this tragic time.”

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