Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Man on pregnant woman murder charge

A man will appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court accused of the murder a pregnant woman and the death of her unborn child

A man has been charged with the murder of a pregnant woman and the death of the unborn baby girl she was carrying, police said.

Tony McLernon, 23, of North Grove, Harlow, Essex, has been accused of killing Eystna Blunnie, who was found fatally injured in Howard Way in Harlow in the early hours of June 27.

He also faces a charge of child destruction after it emerged that 20-year-old Ms Blunnie, from Halling Hill in Harlow, was heavily pregnant at the time of her death.

Ms Blunnie was taken to Princess Alexandra hospital in Harlow but died of multiple head and facial injuries.

When she died, her profile picture on Facebook featured a recent ultrasound scan. She told friends she "could not wait" to be a mother and added: "Only 17 days and counting."

McLernon has been remanded in police custody and will appear before magistrates in Chelmsford on Saturday.

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