A man has been found guilty after he stabbed his heavily pregnant ex-girlfriend during a jealous rage, killing her and their baby.
Aaron McKenzie, 26, of Peckham, south London, broke into his ex-girlfriend, Kelly-Mary Fauvrelle’s bedroom within the middle of the night and stabbed her 21 times as her family slept upstairs, the Old Bailey heard.
According to reports, Fauvrelle was rushed to the hospital after the incident. The baby, Riley was delivered by cesarean delivery in an effort to save lots of his life, but died within the hospital four days later.
The tragic attack occurred in June 2019.
The prosecution alleged McKenzie had killed Miss Fauvrelle, 26, during a “vicious and cowardly” attack after their “toxic” relationship ended and she or he moved on.
The defendant denied it, claiming a person named Mike, who his pregnant ex owed money to, was liable for her death.
On Friday, July 10, a jury found McKenzie guilty of murdering 33 weeks pregnant Miss Fauvrelle, the manslaughter of baby Riley and possession of a knife.
Miss Fauvrelle’s family were also in Court one among the Old Bailey because the verdict was delivered after a complete of two hours, 46 minutes deliberation by the Jurors to succeed in their verdicts.
The court heard that Miss Fauvrelle’s relationship with McKenzie had led to February last year after McKenzie messaged her that he was feeling “not needed, not wanted, unimportant, and lost.”
Miss Fauvrelle told him he needed professional help, saying: “Until u get the very fact I don’t want to be with you anymore…I will not speak or see you unless is about the baby.”
Last March, Miss Fauvrelle told his mother that the connection was “toxic” but she wouldn’t deny him access to their child.
At about 3.15 am on Saints Peter and Paul , 2019, an intruder broke into Miss Fauvrelle’s family range in Thornton Heath, south London, through patio doors, the court heard.
Prosecutor Duncan Penny QC had said: “That intruder proceeded to launch a vicious and a cowardly attack upon her, inflicting a complete of 21 stab wounds with a knife.
“In the method , the intruder murdered not only Kelly Fauvrelle, but through his attack upon Kelly he killed Riley, the unborn child she was carrying.”
In the wake of the attack, McKenzie pretended to possess nothing to try to to with it, the court heard.
He visited the hospital where medical staff were trying to save lots of the lifetime of his child, “posing as a victim”, Mr. Penny said.
The defendant allegedly lied to the police and didn’t tell them that he had spent over an hour before the killing accessing and reading his ex-girlfriend ‘s emails, the court heard.
Mr. Penny also said that McKenzie continued to deceive police, hospital staff, and Ms Fauvrelle’s family until he was arrested and “confessed”.
Claire Mays, from the CPS, said: “This was a vicious and cowardly attack on a heavily pregnant woman, which was borne out of jealousy. Aaron McKenzie murdered his ex-girlfriend and successively also killed their child Riley.
“Just hours after completing the attack, McKenzie went for a driving lesson as if nothing had happened.
“The prosecution evidence included a confession McKenzie had made to cops taking responsibility for the killings before he decided to vary his story and blame his actions on his learning difficulties and depression.
“By choosing to require this tragic case to trial McKenzie took the family of his victim through the heartbreak and ordeal of taking note of all of his lies and therefore the damning evidence against someone who had once been a neighborhood of their family.
“Although nothing can bring back Kelly and Riley, I hope these convictions provide some comfort to the family. Our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.”
Aaron McKenzie will now be sentenced on July 17.