Aaron McKenzie

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Aaron McKenzie must serve a minimum of 35 years in jail

The ex-partner of a heavily pregnant woman has been jailed for stabbing her to death in her own home.

Kelly Fauvrelle was knifed 21 times in the middle of the night in her Croydon bedroom. Her baby boy Riley, who was delivered by Caesarean, died four days later.

Aaron McKenzie, 26, from Peckham, was found guilty of the murder of Ms Fauvrelle and Riley’s manslaughter.

He was sentenced to life with a minimum 35 years at the Old Bailey on Friday.

He was also given 20 years for the manslaughter of baby Riley and three years for possession of a knife, to run concurrently.

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Kelly Mary Fauvrelle’s baby was delivered by paramedics but died later in hospital

Sentencing, Judge Mark Lucraft QC said: “At 03:15 on 29 June last year, you broke into Kelly’s bedroom at the home she shared with her family.

“You then launched a ferocious attack on Kelly, inflicting no fewer than 21 stab wounds.

“Kelly’s family woke to the noise of her screams, rushed to her room and sought to care for her.

“It’s clear from all the evidence this was the most vicious and deliberate killing.”

The trial heard Miss Fauvrelle’s relationship with McKenzie, with whom she shared an interest in motorbikes, had ended early last year.

Her death was the result of McKenzie’s “cowardly” response to learning Miss Fauvrelle wanted nothing to do with him, while his actions afterwards demonstrated no “sorrow or remorse”, the judge added.

McKenzie gave the judge a thumbs up as he was sent down, while Miss Fauvrelle’s family wept in court.

‘Heart physically aches’

In a victim impact statement, Miss Fauvrelle’s sister Melissa said: “This was an act of pure evil.”

She said her sister was a selfless, caring, loving woman with a “pure heart”.

Her father Jean Fauvrelle said: “Aaron McKenzie’s evil act has devastated our lives. My heart physically aches, but those words do not feel sufficient.”

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Aaron McKenzie was captured on CCTV on his way to kill Kelly Fauvrelle

Det Ch Insp Mick Norman said Miss Fauvrelle’s family had been “devastated”.

“This has been a harrowing and distressing case for all concerned. My thoughts today are with Kelly-Mary’s family, who have suffered immeasurable loss and been put through the agony of a trial.

“Their future with Kelly and Riley was so cruelly taken from them, and it is fitting that McKenzie’s future has today been taken from him.”

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