Man convicted of killing pregnant ex-girlfriend and baby
A jealous ex-boyfriend who stabbed his pregnant former partner and their unborn child to death has been convicted of the killings.
Aaron McKenzie, 26, broke into the family home of Kelly Fauvrelle in Thornton Heath before stabbing her 21 times as she slept in the ground-floor bedroom they had once shared. Kelly was 33 weeks pregnant at the time.
Paramedics battled to save 26-year-old Kelly but she died at the scene in the early hours of Saturday, 29 June last year. Her baby, Riley, was delivered by caesarean and was taken to hospital before he too died four days later.
Following a trial at the Old Bailey which concluded today (Friday, 10 July) McKenzie was convicted of one count of murder and one count of manslaughter in relation to his unborn child, as well as one count of having an offensive weapon.
Kelly had ended her relationship with McKenzie more than four months before her death, and made clear that it was over. She had met someone else at Royal Mail where she worked.
On the day of the attack, McKenzie had been going through Kelly’s emails and spotted a confirmation email for an online order for some menswear clothing.
He drove on his motorbike from a friend’s home in Honour Oak to Thornton Heath before sneaking into the house and carrying out the fatal attack just after 3.15am.
He escaped before Kelly’s family found her with catastrophic injuries. Over the next few days he gave police false accounts of his whereabouts and professed his innocence before finally admitting the attack to police officers in interview.
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.”
Sentencing will take place at the Old Bailey on Friday, 17 July.
Notes to editors
- Aaron McKenzie (DOB: 10.06.1994) is from Peckham in the London borough of Southwark.
- Claire Mays is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the pan-London homicide unit at CPS London North.