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Jealous boyfriend killed his new fiancée for texting her other lover


Feb 23, 2021

Mark Brandford, 49, killed partner Kayleigh Dunning (Picture: PA)

A jealous boyfriend killed his fiancée on the night they got engaged because she had been exchanging affectionate texts with another lover.

Mark Brandford beat Kayleigh Dunning with a crowbar and stabbed her as she lay naked in bed, after he discovered that she had been sending messages that evening to Dean Drooney.

The attack by the road sweeper, 49, was so ‘brutal and ferocious’ his victim suffered a crushed skull, a jury heard.

He also severed the main artery in the 32-year-old’s neck by raining blow after blow on her head.

A court heard cleaner Ms Dunning was told ‘Night noodle, wuv you’ by Mr Drooney and texted back: ‘Night, night. Wuv you more Doodle, xxx.’

She had also accidentally called her partner by Mr Drooney’s name.

‘I was jealous. She had told me she had left him,’ Brandford, of Portsmouth, said in evidence.

Mark Brandford, 49, was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend (Picture: PA)
Kayleigh Dunning was killed in a jealous rage (Picture: PA)

He went to work the next day and told colleagues of the engagement before later making a sham 999 call, saying he had found her dead.

Months before the December 2019 attack, he sent intimate photos of Ms Dunning to friends and family and set up a fake Facebook account in her name to ‘control her’, Portsmouth crown court heard.

He was convicted of murder and of disclosing private sexual photos with the intent to cause distress.

Brandford was not in court for the verdict as he is self-isolating in jail after being in contact with someone infected with Covid.

He will be sentenced on Friday.

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