A man who beat his pregnant ex-fiancee to death in Essex, causing the death of their unborn baby, has been jailed for at least 27 years.
Unemployed Tony McLernon from Harlow was found guilty of murder and child destruction following a trial lasting just over two weeks at Chelmsford Crown Court. Serena Sandhu was in court this morning.
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.”
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".
A man has been found guilty of murdering his heavily pregnant former girlfriend and deliberately killing her unborn baby. Tony McLernon, 24, from North Grove, Harlow in Essex had denied murdering Eystna Blunnie last year.
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.
Tony McLernon said Eystna Blunnie was aggressive after drinking and she broke the guitarin half from guitar hero and ripped radiator off the wall and damagedthe wardrobe
McLernon says "as much as I tried to push Eystna away from my life, I still loved her deep down."
McLernon claims he tried to kill himself after Eystna said the baby may not be his.