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Man found guilty of stabbing his pregnant ex-girlfriend to death

Aaron McKenzie stabbed Kelly Fauvrelle 21 times.

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Aaron McKenzie (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Aaron McKenzie (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Aaron McKenzie (Metropolitan Police/PA)

A crane driver has been found guilty of stabbing his heavily pregnant ex-girlfriend in a jealous rage, killing her and their baby.

Aaron McKenzie, 26, broke into Kelly Fauvrelle’s bedroom as she slept and stabbed her 21 times, causing catastrophic injuries, the Old Bailey was told.

Their son Riley was delivered by Caesarean section but died in hospital four days later.

The prosecution alleged McKenzie had killed Royal Mail worker Miss Fauvrelle, 26, in a “vicious and cowardly” attack after their “toxic” relationship ended and she moved on.

The defendant denied it, claiming a man named Mike, who she owed money to, was responsible.

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Royal Mail worker Kelly Fauvrelle (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Royal Mail worker Kelly Fauvrelle (Metropolitan Police/PA)

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Royal Mail worker Kelly Fauvrelle (Metropolitan Police/PA)

A jury found McKenzie, from Peckham, south London, guilty of murdering 33 weeks pregnant Miss Fauvrelle, the manslaughter of baby Riley and possession of a knife.

Miss Fauvrelle’s family sat in Court One of the Old Bailey as the verdict was delivered.

Jurors deliberated for a total of two hours, 46 minutes to reach their verdicts.

As McKenzie was taken from the dock, a man shouted: “How do you feel, you evil coward?” from the public gallery.

Other members in court clapped briefly as another man shouted “it was your baby”.

The court has heard Miss Fauvrelle’s relationship with McKenzie, with whom she shared an interest in motorbikes, had ended early last year.

In February, McKenzie messaged that he was feeling “not needed, not wanted, unimportant and lost” as he appealed to her.

Miss Fauvrelle told him he needed professional help, saying: “Until u get the fact I don’t want to be with you anymore…I will no longer speak or see you unless is about the baby” (sic).

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Aaron McKenzie was caught on CCTV (CPS/PA)

Aaron McKenzie was caught on CCTV (CPS/PA)

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Aaron McKenzie was caught on CCTV (CPS/PA)

Last March, Miss Fauvrelle told his mother that the relationship was “toxic” but she would not deny him access to their child.

At about 3.15am on June 29 last year, an intruder broke into Miss Fauvrelle’s family home in Thornton Heath, south London, through patio doors.

Prosecutor Duncan Penny QC had said: “That intruder proceeded to launch a vicious and a cowardly attack upon her, inflicting a total of 21 stab wounds with a knife.

“In the process, 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 have nothing to do with it, the court heard.

He went to the hospital where medical staff were trying to save the life of his child, “posing as a victim”, Mr Penny said.

The defendant allegedly lied to police and did not tell them that he had spent over an hour before the killing accessing and reading his ex-partner’s emails.

Mr Penny said 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 in turn also killed their child Riley.

“Just hours after carrying out the attack, McKenzie went for a driving lesson as if nothing had happened.

“The prosecution evidence included a confession McKenzie had made to police officers taking responsibility for the killings before he decided to change his story and blame his actions on his learning difficulties and depression.

“By choosing to take this tragic case to trial McKenzie took the family of his victim through the heartbreak and ordeal of listening to all of his lies and the damning evidence against someone who had once been a part 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.”

McKenzie will now be sentenced on July 17.

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