A man who strangled his pregnant ex-girlfriend at her home has been convicted of her murder after a three week trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.
The jury found factory worker Matthew Smith guilty of killing 24-year-old Isobel Parker.
The court heard that Isobel and Smith had been in a relationship for some years and had two children together, a three-year-old boy and an 18-month-old girl.
Isobel ended the partnership in December 2014 after becoming tired of his lack of support with the children.
The court heard that Smith did not want their relationship to end and felt distressed after finding out she was pregnant with her new partner, Shane.
Officers were called by the ambulance service just after 3.50pm on Friday, July 17 following reports that a woman had been found collapsed in a property in Booth Place.
Isobel’s sister had called the Ambulance service after finding Isobel lying in the bath with cable ties around her neck.
Police officers and ambulance crews attended to find that Isobel and her unborn daughter had died.
The court heard that Smith was understood to have strangled Isobel in the kitchen before placing her in the bath.
Smith was located by police in Maldon at around 7pm that evening. He was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Isobel and was subsequently charged with the offence.
He’s due to be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court today (Tuesday, March 22)