A jealous man killed his heavily pregnant ex-girlfriend and their unborn baby in a ‘vicious and cowardly’ knife attack, a court heard.
Aaron McKenzie, 26, allegedly broke into Kelly Fauvrelle’s bedroom as she slept and stabbed her 21 times, causing catastrophic injuries.
Their son Riley was delivered by Caesarean section but died in hospital four days later.
At the time of the killings, Royal Mail worker Ms Fauvrelle, 26, had been 33 weeks pregnant and ‘moving on’ with her life, the Old Bailey was told.
Prosecutor Duncan Penny QC told jurors: ‘The Crown’s case is that this was a vicious and deliberate killing – perhaps in due course you will conclude the cowardly response of a man desperately jealous about the fact that the mother of his child yet to be born had moved on and now wanted very little to do with him.’
Ms Fauvrelle’s relationship with McKenzie ended in early 2019, jurors heard.
She allegedly told the defendant’s mother that the relationship was ‘toxic’, but she would not deny him access to their child.
In February, McKenzie messaged her to say that he was feeling ‘not needed, not wanted, unimportant and lost’.
Ms 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).
The prosecution say her attacker broke into her family home in Thornton Heath, south London, through patio doors at about 03:15 on June 29 last year.
‘That intruder proceeded to launch a vicious and a cowardly attack upon her, inflicting a total of 21 stab wounds with a knife’ Mr Penny said.
‘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. 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’.
McKenzie, from Peckham, south-east London, denies the murder of Ms Fauvrelle, the manslaughter of baby Riley and possessing a knife.
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