Jealous boyfriend killed partner and unborn baby in 'vicious and cowardly' attack

Martin Evans
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Kelly Fauvrelle and her unborn baby, Riley, were both stabbed to death - Met Police
Kelly Fauvrelle and her unborn baby, Riley, were both stabbed to death - Met Police

A jealous boyfriend has been found guilty of killing his ex-partner and her unborn baby in a “vicious and cowardly” knife attack because she ended their toxic relationship.

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.

McKenzie pretended to be a devastated victim at the hospital as medics tried in vain to save his son’s life.

He later went for a driving lesson as if nothing had happened.

When he was finally arrested on suspicion of murder he denied any knowledge and claimed a man called ‘Mike’ who Miss Fauvrelle owed money was the person responsible.

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.

He will be sentenced next week.

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

The court has how Miss Fauvrelle's relationship with McKenzie had ended early last year, but he had refused to accept it.

Miss Fauvrelle told his mother that the relationship was "toxic" but said she would not deny him access to their child.

At about 3.15am on June 29 last year, McKenzie broke into Miss Fauvrelle's family home in Thornton Heath, south London, through patio doors and stabbed her 21 times.

Claire Mays, from the Crown Prosecution Service PS, 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."