Eystna Blunnie murder trial

The trial is taking place of a man accused of murdering a heavily pregnant woman and deliberately killing her unborn baby.

Tony McLernon, 24, from North Grove, Harlow, Essex, denies murdering Eystna Blunnie last year.

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Family receives justice after 'heartbreaking' eight months

The family of murdered pregnant Eystna Blunnie have given their reaction after Tony McLernon was jailed for a minimum of 27 years.

Tony Blunnie, Eystna's uncle, said:

“After a very long and heartbreaking 8 months finally today we have received justice for Eystna and her then soon to be born daughter Rose.

"Eystna was a warm and loving girl with a unique personality, with her whole life to look forward to and become whatever she wanted to be.

"Sadly, Tony McLernon took away whatever chance we had of knowing what type of person Rose would’ve been.

"In our hearts we know she would’ve been loved, nurtured and given the best in life that was possible.”

Essex man who murdered pregnant woman given 27 years in prison

A man who was found guilty of murdering a heavily pregnant woman and deliberately killing her unborn baby has been jailed for life.

Tony McLernon, 24, from North Grove in Harlow, Essex, had denied murdering Eystna Blunnie last year.

In sentencing today, Judge Fulford recommended that McLernon spend a minimum of 27 years in jail.

Judge Fulford said that McLernon "controls, dominates, degrades, bullies and attacks women".


Man accused of murder gives evidence

A man from Essex accused of killing his pregnant ex-partner in what's been described as a "brutal and sustained" attack has been giving evidence at his murder trial.

Tony McLernon told Chelmsford Crown Court about his binge drinking, and how he sold possessions to fuel his habit.

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

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu.

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