A 25-year-old man has been convicted of murdering his former partner at her home in Colchester.
Mark Czapla stabbed 23-year-old Kirsty Humphrey to death in her lounge in Queen Elizabeth Way.
Czapla did not give evidence but a jury found him guilty.
He is due to be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court tomorrow.
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Additional police will be on duty this weekend on what is expected to be one of the busiest weekends of the year.
Early cloud and rain will clear to the south and the sun will come out throughout the region. However, it will feel colder than yesterday.
Councils are examining their budgets and deciding where savings and cuts can be made as government funding is to be cut by 14% next year.