A man, Aaron McKenzie, who stabbed his heavily pregnant ex-girlfriend, killing her and their baby, has been jailed for life with the minimum term of 35 years at the Old Bailey.
Aaron McKenzie, 26, of Peckham, south London, broke into Kelly-Mary Fauvrelle’s bedroom in the middle of the night and stabbed her 21 times as her family slept upstairs.
The tragic attack occurred in June 2019. Last week, a jury found McKenzie, guilty of murdering 33 weeks pregnant Miss Fauvrelle, the manslaughter of baby Riley and possession of a knife.
Miss Fauvrelle, who was eight months pregnant, died at the home and her son Riley was delivered by emergency Caesarean section at the scene, but died in hospital four days later, the Old Bailey heard.
The court heard Aaron McKenzie pretended he had nothing to do with the attack, and even joined Miss Fauvrelle’s family as they mourned her loss and went to the hospital where doctors were trying to save his son, “posing as a victim”.
The prosecution alleged Aaron McKenzie had killed Miss Fauvrelle, 26, in a “vicious and cowardly” attack after their “toxic” relationship ended and she moved on.
The defendant denied it, claiming a man named Mike, who his pregnant ex owed money to, was responsible for her death.
The court also heard that Miss Fauvrelle’s relationship with McKenzie had ended in February last year after McKenzie messaged her that he was feeling “not needed, not wanted, unimportant, and lost.”
Miss 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.”
At about 3.15 am on June 29, 2019, an intruder broke into Miss Fauvrelle’s family home in Thornton Heath, south London, through patio doors, the court heard.
Prosecutor Duncan Penny QC had said: “That intruder proceeded to launch a vicious and a cowardly attack upon her, inflicting a total of 21 stab wounds with a knife. 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.”