Teenager Strangled “To Teach Her A Lesson”

A pregnant teenager who was killed in a “rage” attack was murdered to “teach her a lesson.”

Kayleigh-Anne was six months pregnant when she was killed

Kayleigh-Anne was six months pregnant when she was killed

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.”

Aston Robinson told Bristol Crown Court he wanted to "teach" Kayleigh-Anne "a lesson"

Aston Robinson told Bristol Crown Court he wanted to “teach” Kayleigh-Anne “a lesson”

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.

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