Boyfriend pleads GUILTY to murdering mother-of-two Katie Kenyon

A ‘vindictive’ builder brutally bludgeoned a mother-of-two to dying with an axe after they cut up up, earlier than dumping her in a makeshift grave he dug the day earlier than. 

Katie Kenyon’s physique was discovered buried in distant woodland in April this 12 months, days after she had been reported lacking.The 33-year-old had been struck at the very least 12 instances earlier than she was dumped within the shallow grave.

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Miss Kenyon’s boyfriend Andrew Burfield was arrested following her disappearance and interviewed 4 instances, at first denying any data of her whereabouts. 

However he then modified his model of occasions in his penultimate interview, claiming he by chance killed her by throwing an axe at a tree throughout a picnic in Gisburn Forest, Lancashire.

The 51-year-old denied homicide earlier than altering his plea on the third day of his trial at this time.He is because of be sentenced tomorrow at 10.30am. 

Talking outdoors courtroom, Detective Chief Inspector Allen Davies stated he welcomed the eleventh hour plea and described Burfield as ‘nothing in need of a vindictive monster’. 

‘In my total police service, I’ve by no means handled a case involving such an extent of chilly and callous pre-meditation,’ he stated. 

The boyfriend of mother-of-two Katie Kenyon has pleaded responsible to her homicide on the third day of his trial

Undated handout photograph issued by Lancashire Constabulary of Andrew Burfield

David McLachlan KC instructed jurors at Preston Crown Courtroom how Burfield – who had been in an on-off relationship with Miss Kenyon since 2019 – killed the mother-of-two after they cut up up. 

He then despatched messages to himself and her youngsters from her cellphone, the jury was instructed. 

Miss Kenyon had been terrified of Burfield, telling her mom in chilling messages: ‘I am paranoid to dying hes ganna do summert…could not sleepall evening xxxx’.

Burfield instructed police he had taken Miss Kenyon, who he had been in a relationship with since 2019, to Gisburn Forest for a picnic and he or she had ‘wager’ him he couldn’t hit her can of Coke together with his axe.

He instructed police: ‘I went for the tree in conjunction with her and it, it hit her in (her) head.’ 

He claimed she had been hit with the again of the axe and he or she had no different accidents, however a put up mortem confirmed she was struck an estimated 12 instances. 

Dr Jamie Robinson, a forensic pathologist, tombala siteleri stated Burfield’s model of occasions was ‘fully implausible’. 

Undated handout photograph issued by Lancashire Constabulary of the axe used within the homicide

Undated handout photograph issued by Lancashire Constabulary of the van utilized by Burfield which he drove Miss Kenyon in to the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, the place he killed her and buried her

Mr McLachlan stated on the evening earlier than the homicide, Burfield had been on an ‘necessary mission’ which was ‘to dig Katie Kenyon’s grave’. 

The prosecutor added: ‘He was within the space the place her physique would later be recovered for slightly below one hour.’

The courtroom heard he borrowed ladders and spade from his father the day previous to Miss Kenyon’s dying.

Miss Kenyon, from Padiham, close to Burnley, messaged Burfield the next morning, saying: ‘Prepared and excited for a brand new chapter.’ 

She then drove to his home in Burnley earlier than stepping into his van and travelling to Gisburn. Burfield spent 42 minutes within the forest, the place he killed her and buried her physique.

Technical evaluation confirmed Miss Kenyon’s cellphone travelling again from Gisburn at round 11.15am, however just one individual was seen within the van on CCTV.

Mr McLachlan stated: ‘The prosecution case [is]…the cellphone might have been in Andrew Burfield’s van however Katie Kenyon actually was not. 

‘Katie Kenyon, the prosecution say, at this stage, was in a fastidiously constructed grave that had been dug the evening earlier than by Andrew Burfield.’

Search groups discovered Ms Kenyon’s physique on April 29, and a put up mortem examination carried out on Could 1 concluded she died from head accidents 

File photograph dated April 2022 of courtroom artist sketch by Elizabeth Prepare dinner of Andrew Burfield 

Miss Kenyon’s daughter despatched her a message later that day and acquired a response of two laughing face emojis.

However Mr McLachlan stated the message was despatched by Burfield as ‘a part of a charade’.Messages had been later despatched from Miss Kenyon’s cellphone to Burfield, saying she was ‘really sorry for the whole lot’, and to her youngsters. The courtroom heard voice messages Burfield left for Miss Kenyon wherein he stated he was a ‘bit frightened’ about her.

Mr McLachlan stated the pair had a ‘troublesome relationship’, with Burfield making a courtroom declare of greater than £4,000 towards Miss Kenyon, who in flip blocked him from contacting her by cellphone.

Jurors heard that in an e mail change on April 6 he wrote to her that this is able to be their ‘final goodbye’, including she can be ‘at all times remembered’.

Talking outdoors courtroom, Detective Chief Inspector Allen Davies stated he and Miss Kenyon’s household welcomed the responsible plea.

He stated: ‘Andrew Burfield is a person who has elected to run a trial regardless of the overwhelming proof on this case – not solely of the truth that Andrew Burfield has barbarically and violently killed Katie, he has additionally pre-planned what he was going to do, to an extent I’ve by no means seen in my total police service.

A horse drawn hearse for the funeral of Katie Kenyon at St Leonard’s Church in Padiham, Lancashire

Andrew Burfield, 51, was arrested and instructed police that he killed his ex accidentally after they went for a picnic in Gisburn Forest, Lancashire 

‘By investigation we had been capable of set up that Mr Burfield had travelled as much as Bolton-by-Bowland a day previous to Katie’s homicide.

‘He did that for the aim of digging a shallow grave, which he would subsequently place Katie inside. The extent of his planning went far past the evening earlier than.

‘Three weeks earlier to her homicide he’d written messages that he’d gone on to ship to her household and her youngsters, understanding that his intention was to kill her.

‘What I wish to level out and I do not wish to overlook is that Katie is a cheerful, loving, mum of two youngsters. She had her complete life forward of her.

‘Andrew Burfield is a merciless, vindictive man who has taken her life away from her and brought her life away from her youngsters.’

Mr Davies additionally described the ‘unimaginable ache and struggling’ Miss Kenyon’s household had suffered because of Burfield’s actions, describing him as ‘nothing in need of a vindictive monster’.

‘Not solely has he murdered Katie in a cold-blooded and horrifically violent assault, however he has then tried to hide her physique and repeatedly lied and altered his story to attempt to cowl up his vile actions.’

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