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Former boyfriend guilty of murder

A man from Essex has been found guilty of killing his pregnant ex-partner in what was described as a "brutal and sustained" attack. Tony McLernon from Harlow was also convicted of killing his unborn child.

Chelmsford Crown Court had heard that fuelled by alcohol and cannabis, McLernon arranged to meet Eystna Blunnie in the early hours of June 27 last year.

Eystna Blunnie Credit: ITV News Anglia

The couple had recently broken up after an abusive relationship and he knew she was pregnant with his child.

After the killings, McLernon hid in nearby woodlands and sent a text message to his father saying: "I'm scared."

He later spoke to his father on the phone and told him: "I think I've killed Eystna," the court heard.

McLernon, 24, from North Grove, Harlow, had denied murdering Ms Blunnie and a charge of child destruction by wilfully causing the death of an unborn child.

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