A 44-year-old Derbyshire man appears in court for murdering the wife of an ‘angelic’ art teacher at their home

Husband, 44, appears in court for the murder of an ‘angelic’ art teacher who ‘changed many lives’ at a special school after her body was found at home

  • Kathryn Jane Harris, 52, was allegedly murdered at her home in Derbyshire on Sunday
  • Her husband Conrad Iyayi, 44, appeared in court on Tuesday for murder
  • Online tributes said Ms Harris was a ‘wonderful teacher’ and ‘fantastic mother’

A man accused of murdering his ‘angelic’ art teacher wife over the weekend has had his first day in court – as tributes pour in for the ‘wonderful teacher’ and ‘fantastic mother’ online.

Conrad Iyayi, 44, appeared at Derby Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with the murder of Kathryn Jane Harris, 52, who was found seriously injured at the house they shared in Littleover, Derbyshire, at 7.15am on Sunday.

Donning a gray tracksuit and face mask, Mr Iyayi spoke only to confirm his name and address, before the case was adjourned until 10am tomorrow when it will be heard at the Derby Crown Short.

Arriving at the couple’s home on Sunday, paramedics did all they could to rescue Ms Harris, but she died at the scene.

The nature of his injuries were not made public by investigators.

Parents of children taught by Ms Harris, affectionately known as Katy, have described her as a ‘wonderful teacher’ and a ‘fantastic mother’ in tributes shared online.

Tragic: ‘Wonderful teacher’ and ‘fantastic mother’ Kathryn Jane Harris, who was allegedly murdered by her husband this weekend

They revealed how she taught art to children at a special school and ‘changed many lives’ by ‘putting her soul into teaching’.

One person wrote: “So sad my deepest condolences to the family. Such terrible news! I met Katy a few times and she was a very lovely woman and a fantastic mother.

A neighbor added: ‘So sad…she was only a few doors down, such a beautiful angelic woman…so heartbreaking, the whole crescent is really sad.’

“RIP beautiful Katy and my sincere condolences to the family, especially her baby boy, my heart goes out to him…so tragic.”

Another commented: ‘RIP Katy, sending love to family and friends. You were a wonderful teacher.

One mum said: ‘So tragic, she was a great teacher. Well liked by the children.’

Another said: ‘So sad Mrs Harris was my son’s teacher, she was lovely and will be sorely missed, my thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.’

Another parent wrote: “Bad news, this lady was my daughter’s teacher. She is devastated tonight.

“My thoughts are with her family, friends, students and everyone at the school she worked with.”

Meanwhile, a former pupil added: “Ms Harris taught at a special school, she was an amazing woman, she changed the lives of all the children who went there, she brought me out of my shell in school, what has the world come to.”

Arriving at the couple's home on Sunday (locked off stage in the photo), paramedics did all they could to save Ms Harris, but she died at the scene

Arriving at the couple’s home on Sunday (locked off stage in the photo), paramedics did all they could to save Ms Harris, but she died at the scene

Another commented: ‘I can’t believe this…a very good talented young lady I know who has helped autistic children to cope with art.’

Detectives are still calling on anyone with information to get in touch, including drivers with dash cam footage who drove the Hollow between midnight and 7:15 a.m.

A Derbyshire Police spokesperson said: ‘Our thoughts remain with Kathryn’s family and friends at this time.

“Officers and forensic support units will continue to work in the Oak Crescent area over the coming days.

“Anyone with information that may assist with inquiries should contact us quoting reference 22*073295.”

Those with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Christopher S. Washington