Fiancé who murdered his wife-to-be has been jailed for life

|News, Violent crime

A fiancé who murdered his wife-to-be in a fit of jealous rage has been jailed for life.

Roderick Deakin-White repeatedly beat Amy Parsons with a metal pull-up bar over the head while she was taking a shower on 25 April 2019. Today (26 November 2019) at Snaresbrook Crown Court he was sentenced to life with a minimum of 17 years having been found guilty of murder by a jury.

Deakin-White, 38, admitted hitting Ms Parsons, 35, on the night she died, but claimed he had not meant to kill her. Immediately after the attack, he left the Tower Hamlets flat they shared, threw their phones into the Thames and told a man living on a house boat about the attack. The man encouraged Deakin-White to hand himself into the police. During this period, Deakin-White also phoned his father saying he was a murderer, prompting his father to dial 999 and ask they check on Ms Parsons. She was pronounced dead at her flat.

The relationship had grown fraught between the couple who had been together for around eight years. Friends spoke of Ms Parsons’ displeasure at Deakin-White’s increasing tendency to cross-dress, and her developing feelings for a colleague. She had told Deakin-White about the relationship and his jealousy led him to stalk Ms Parsons, accessing her laptop and looking at her Uber account. He even told a friend: “I’m going to do something stupid, I just know it”.

Kristen Katsouris, from the CPS, said: “This attack caused the death of a young woman who had provided for her fiancé emotionally and financially.

“In the shower, Amy Parsons was vulnerable to the attack, and powerless to the force exerted by Deakin-White. Knowing he had caused Amy serious harm, he left her lying in the bathroom with catastrophic injuries without calling for help. He even to set the burglar alarm on his way out.

“Ms Parsons moved to London from Australia many years ago. Her family should have felt safe knowing that she was happy, living with her fiancé and in a secure job at an insurance company in the City.

“This sentence will not take away the overwhelming sense of loss this murder has caused Amy Parson’s family and friends but we hope it will bring some comfort to them.”

Notes to editors

  • Roderick Deakin-White (DOB: 14.10.1981) is from Crowder Street in the London borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Kristen Katsouris is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the homicide unit in CPS London North.

Further reading