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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Man accused of killing pregnant former partner

The mother of a pregnant woman who was killed when she was just days away from giving birth has fought back tears in court. Sarah Blunnie was giving evidence on the first day of the trial of Tony McLernon.

He's accused of killing his ex-partner, Eystna Blunnie, from Harlow, in a "brutal and sustained" attack last year, as well as his unborn child. From Chelmsford Crown Court, Tom Barton sent us this report.

Last images of Eystna Blunnie

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CCTV image of Eystna Blunnie, captured hours before her death Credit: Essex Police

CCTV images of Eystna Blunnie, taken just hours before her death, have been shown at the trial of the man accused of her murder.

The prosecution has been setting out its case on day one of the trial of Tony McLernon, accused of murdering his heavily pregnant ex-girlfriend in Harlow, Essex.

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The images were shown to the jury at Chelmsford Crown Court today Credit: Essex Police

Fuelled by alcohol and cannabis, McLernon arranged to meet Eystna Blunnie in the early hours of June 27 last year, prosecutor Andrew Jackson told Chelmsford Crown Court.

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

Eystna Blunnie murder trial - prosecution continued

"It was an act of brutal, sustained and wholly unprovoked violence," Mr Jackson added.

"He knew he was not only killing her but their unborn child as well."

Residents living near the scene of the alleged attack in the town's Howard Way, minutes from Ms Blunnie's home, heard her "horrific" screams and the impact of the blows.

Ms Blunnie, who was due to give birth within days, was later found with severe head and facial injuries and died in hospital.

After the alleged 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.

Eystna Blunnie murder trial - prosecution latest

A man lured his heavily pregnant ex-fiancee to her death saying "I've got a surprise for you" before brutally killing her and their unborn baby, a court has heard.

Tony McLernon convinced Eystna Blunnie to meet him in a street in Harlow, Essex, telling her in a text message "Got a surprise for you, hope you like it", Chelmsford Crown Court heard.

But when the heavily pregnant 20-year-old met him in the early hours of June 27 last year, unemployed McLernon, fuelled by alcohol and cannabis, forced her to the ground where he repeatedly kicked and stamped on her, prosecutor Andrew Jackson said.

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Murder trial begins

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Eystna Blunnie Credit: PA

The prosecution has been setting out its case on day one of the trial of Tony McLernon, accused of murdering his heavily pregnant ex-girlfriend in Harlow, Essex.

Fuelled by alcohol and cannabis, McLernon arranged to meet Eystna Blunnie in the early hours of June 27 last year, prosecutor Andrew Jackson told Chelmsford Crown Court.

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

Opening the trial, Mr Jackson added: "He repeatedly kicked and stamped on her in an act of brutal and sustained violence.

"He knew he was not only killing her but their unborn child as well."

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, denies murdering Ms Blunnie and a charge of child destruction by wilfully causing the death of an unborn child.

Eystna Blunnie murder trial begins

A jury has been sworn in for the trial 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.

He has also pleaded not guilty to a charge of child destruction for allegedly wilfully causing the death of 20-year-old Miss Blunnie's unborn baby.

Today (Tuesday) at Chelmsford Crown Court a jury of six men and six women was sworn in to hear the case.

McLernon was arrested following the incident on June 27. Miss Blunnie was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital suffering from severe head injuries after being found in a street near her home in Harlow but later died.

When she died, her profile picture on Facebook featured a recent ultrasound scan.

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