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Tony McLernon gives evidence at his trial

Tony McLernon says he met Eystna Blunnie via Facebook Photo: ITV News Anglia

The man accused of killing his ex-partner in a "brutal and sustained" attack has been giving evidence at his murder trial.

Tony McLernon is charged with the murder of Eystna Blunnie, from Harlow, as well as his unborn child.

Giving evidence today, Mr McLernon told Chelmsford Crown Court of his binge drinking, saying he drank himself senseless on numerous occasions in 2012.

He said he mixed Lambrini (a pear based drink) and cider to make what he described as 'rocket fuel'.

With the victim's family listening, he said how he sold possessions to fuel his drinking habit. It meant that he could rarely move and was virtually impossible to get off the bed.

The court also heard that in 2007 he pleaded guilty to striking an ex-girlfriend at Harlow police station

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