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Abusive partner on steroids murdered girlfriend in Holiday Inn

|News, Violent crime , Domestic abuse

A paranoid and abusive boyfriend who stabbed his girlfriend through the neck while staying in a Holiday Inn has been convicted of her murder.

Taye Francis, 39, killed 23-year-old Khloemae Loy on 5 July last year while in a fit of rage brought about by his regular use of anabolic steroids.

Today (Wednesday, 10 November 2021) following a trial at the Old Bailey, he was convicted of one count of murder. He had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the first day of his trial.

Ms Loy had met Francis when she was 18 years old and was working in a pub while studying at Croydon College in around 2016. Her family did not approve of the relationship.

In February 2017 Francis attacked Ms Loy and threw her into a wheelie bin. He was prosecuted for this and was convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, resulting in a prison sentence and a restraining order preventing him from contacting Ms Loy. However by December 2019 they had resumed their relationship and were living together.

The court heard that Francis had a conviction from 2002 in relation to raping a former partner in a train toilet. He was jailed for six years and put on the sex offenders register for life as a result. His fears and paranoia about neighbours finding out about this conviction led to him and Ms Loy moving or constantly trying to move.

In the weeks before Ms Loy’s death the couple had moved at least four times before ending up in the Holiday Inn in Greenwich.

Police were alerted to the attack on Ms Loy just before 10am when Francis called 999, telling the operator, ‘quick, my girlfriend’s dying – I’ve stabbed her in the neck’.

When police arrived he had barricaded the room with a sofa bed and smashed and climbed out of the window on the fifth floor of the hotel. He was caught by police officers who found him sitting on a ledge just above the hotel reception.

Ms Loy was declared dead at the scene. A used syringe was found on a side table and in the bin. Francis’ luggage, which he had tried to take with him upon fleeing, was also found to contain four part-used vials of anabolic steroids.

Emma Currie, from the CPS, said: “Taye Francis was not only controlling, violent and angry – he was also utterly paranoid and walked around wearing a stab vest. As a registered sex offender, he was convinced everyone knew about this and was out to get him.

“Khloemae Loy was an innocent victim in this and tragically lost her life after being caught in a spiral of abuse at the hands of Francis.

“The prosecution was able to present strong witness testimony from toxicology experts and a history of evidence detailing previous abusive incidents relating to Francis’ former partners as well as Khloemae.

“The defence argued that Francis had suffered with a medical illness impairing his thinking and resulting actions, but the prosecution was able to prove to the jury that in fact Francis had become paranoid as a result of voluntarily taking anabolic steroids.

“Domestic violence can have a devastating impact. The CPS is dedicated to bringing offenders to justice wherever possible. Although nothing can bring Ms Loy back, I hope this conviction provides some sense of justice for her family and friends. Our thoughts remain with them at this time.”

Notes to editors

  • Taye Francis (DOB: 6/2/1981) is of no fixed address. His family home was in the London borough of Kingston
  • He was formerly known as Ashley Wyatt before changing his name by deed poll in 2016
  • Emma Currie is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the London Homicide unit in CPS London North. 

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