‘Jealous’ ex ‘stabbed pregnant mum to death’ before baby died four days later

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A man murdered his ex-girlfriend when she was pregnant with his unborn son, a court heard today.

Boyfriend Aaron McKenzie, 26, who jurors were told might have acted out of jealousy, killed Kelly-Mary Fauvrelle in a “vicious and cowardly” attack after breaking into her home in the early hours of the morning while she was sleeping, his murder trial was told.

Their son Riley Fauvrelle was born by cesarean at the house and rushed to hospital.

The baby suffered severe brain damage from the traumatic events and died four days later, jurors were told.

Ms Fauvrelle, also 26, was in a relationship with McKenzie for several years until early 2019.

McKenzie told Kelly-Mary, also 26, “you and our baby is all I really got to live for” and “I really want us to be a happy family together” after the pair grew apart and she ended their relationship, jurors were told.

She suffered 21 stab wounds in the savage attack and died at her home in Thornton Heath, south London, on June 29, 2019.

She lived with her mum, two brothers, sister and nephew who were sleeping elsewhere in the house in south London.

McKenzie had crept into her bedroom on the ground floor, which backed onto the garden, and repeatedly stabbed her in the bedroom where they had once slept together, the court heard.

McKenzie appeared in the dock at the Old Bailey wearing a grey suit and a white shirt today where he stands trial for her murder and the manslaughter of his baby boy today.

He also denies the manslaughter of baby Riley.

Duncan Penny QC, prosecuting, told the jury: “This was a vicious and deliberate killing.

“Perhaps you will conclude in due course the cowardly response of a man desperately jealous about the fact the mother of his child yet to be born had moved on and now wanted very little to do with him.

“The injuries to Kelly were so catastrophic that that by the time the paramedics and ambulance technicians got to her, she was in a very poor state indeed.

“The decision was made to deliver the baby by caesarean section at the house.

“In the early hours of June 29, 2019, within a family home in Thornton Heath in south London, Kelly Fauvrelle, a heavily pregnant young woman, lay in her bed in the middle of the night.

“In her womb, she was carrying a little boy who was later to be named Riley during his very short life.

“At 3.13am that morning, an intruder broke into her bedroom through the rear patio doors which formed part of the back of her bedroom onto the back garden.

“As well as being their killer, the intruder was in fact both the former partner of Ms Fauvrelle and the father of their unborn child.”

A post-mortem revealed Ms Fauvrelle was killed with “considerable ferocity” after which McKenzie fled the scene and continued his life “as if nothing had happened” the court heard.

His response was to lie and put officers “off the scent” when he was visited by police later that day to inform him of his ex girlfriend’s death.

Mr Penny said: “He had fled the scene and purported to carry on with his life as if nothing had happened, including even taking a driving lesson that morning until he was visited by police much later that day who came to tell him the news of what had taken place.

“At which point his response was to lie and to seek to put the police off the scent by providing them not with the telephone that he had been using on the night of the offence, but with an old and irrelevant telephone.”

McKenzie continued to lie until he was arrested some days later, the court heard.

He claimed he had been in bed at his mum’s home in Peckham all night and to have gone to bed before midnight and slept through the night, before he eventually confessed, it was said.

McKenzie is accused of murdering Ms Fauvrelle on June 29, 2019, carrying an offensive weapon in a public place and the manslaughter of Riley.

He denies all three charges against him.

The Old Bailey trial continues