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Murdered Eystna Blunnie 'Repeatedly Threatened'
A man on trial for murdering the mother of his unborn child has been accused of making multiple threats to kill her.
Tony McLernon is charged with murdering his former partner Eystna Blunnie, who was found battered by a road in Harlow, Essex last June.
Miss Blunnie was days away from giving birth and their baby was also killed in the attack.
Opening the case prosecutor Andrew Jackson said: "He repeatedly kicked and stamped on her in an act of brutal and sustained violence.
"He knew he was not only killing her but their unborn child as well."
Jury members were told that shortly after the attack McLernon hid in nearby woods and texted his father.
The message read: "Scared, please call me."
In the subsequent conversation it is alleged McLernon told his father: "I think I have killed Eystna."
The jury was also told that McLernon had previously attacked and made threats towards Miss Blunnie.
In one incident before her death he is accused of saying: "I'm going to ******* kill her, I'm going to stab her."
The prosecution said in another text message he wrote: "I ******* swear bro I'm going to knife Eystna soon."
In another message to a cousin he is accused of texting: "I swear I'm going to prison Monday."
The court heard the couple's relationship began over a year before Miss Blunnie's death and there had been many violent episodes.
Mr Jackson told the jury they would hear from relatives of Miss Blunnie's who would tell them how they saw bruises on her body with "outlines of knuckles."
The 20-year-old catering student had been excited about becoming a mother and used the ultrasound image of her baby as her Facebook profile picture.
McLernon, 24, from North Grove, Harlow, Essex denies murder and the destruction of an unborn child.
The trial is expected to last four weeks.
what do you think?
Why are there such evil people in this world? We should love all, respect all and help all!!! Has evil taken over love and happiness??? Please any answers!!!
Death penalty why.on earth its.not a punishment is.beyond me il vote for any political party that would bring.this back