A man has been jailed for 35 years today (July 17) after being found guilty of killing his pregnant ex girlfriend and their unborn son in Thornton Heath.

26-year-old Aaron McKenzie appeared at the Old Bailey on Friday, July 17 where he was sentenced for the murder of his former partner Kelly-Mary Fauvrelle, the manslaughter of her baby son and possession of an offensive weapon.

Mckenzie received 35 years' imprisonment for the murder, 20 years for the manslaughter and three years for possession of an offensive weapon. All sentences will be served concurrently.

As the Croydon Guardian reported, during the trial the prosecution described the attack on Kelly, which took place at her home on Thornton Heath on July 3, 2019, as "vicious and cowardly".

"The intruder proceeded to launch a vicious and a cowardly attack upon her, inflicting a total of 21 stab wounds with a knife," Prosecutor Duncan Penny QC previously described.

Your Local Guardian: CCTV footage taken on the night Kelly was murdered. Image via Met PoliceCCTV footage taken on the night Kelly was murdered. Image via Met Police

"In the process, the intruder murdered not only Kelly Fauvrelle, but through his attack upon Kelly he killed Riley, the unborn child she was carrying."

After the sentencing, the Met Police who helped investigate the killing described how "Kelly was murdered in her ground floor bedroom at the family home as her family slept upstairs.

"Hearing Kelly’s screams, her sister had come downstairs to find Kelly dying, in her bedroom, where the cot was set up ready for the arrival of her baby."

Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command commented on the case after Mckenzie's sentencing:

“This has been a harrowing and distressing case for all concerned," he said.

"My thoughts today are with Kelly-Mary’s family who have suffered immeasurable loss and been put through the agony of a trial.

“Their future with Kelly-Mary and Riley was so cruelly taken from them, and it is fitting that McKenzie’s future has today been taken from him," DCI Norman added.

"This is justice, but in no way will it compensate for the devastation that McKenzie’s actions have caused to this family.

“I know that my officers, who have become close to Kelly’s family, share my sentiments. We hope that the sentence handed down today provides them with a small measure of comfort."