A pregnant teenager who was killed in a “rage” attack was murdered to “teach her a lesson.”
Kayleigh-Anne Palmer was just sixteen and six months pregnant when she was killed. 18 year-old Aston Robinson from Cheltenham admitted killing his girlfriend but denies murder.
A court heard that Robinson strangled Kayleigh-Ann to “teach her a lesson” and that he had been violent towards her in the past, exhibiting rage and jealousy when she talked to other boys.
Robinson, who also denies child destruction, used a mannequin’s head and a length of fabric the same length as the scarf that killed his girlfriend in a chilling demonstration to Bristol Crown Court of how she had died.
Robinson showed jurors how he had held the scarf at each end, looped it about Kayleigh-Ann’s neck and pulled her down.
When he asked if his intention had been to stop her breathing, he answered: “Yes, but not like that, only [for] a few seconds. I wanted her to be quiet.”
Asked about his motives at the time of the crime, he said he thought: “It will teach her a lesson… to stop her going with other boys” but that he had only wanted to “scare her” and not to end her life.
Three days after the attack, Kayleigh-Anne was pronounced dead in hospital on 5th April after doctors had tried in vain to save the life of her unborn child by inducing labour.
The trial continues.