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Guilty: Whitechapel man who murdered fiancee after she threatened to leave him

Roderick Deakin-White has been found guilty of murder. Picture: Met Police

Roderick Deakin-White has been found guilty of murder. Picture: Met Police

Met Police

A Whitechapel man has been found guilty of murdering his fiancee in a "vicious and brutal attack" after she threatened to leave him.

Amy Parsons was murdered at her home in Whitechapel. Picture: Met PoliceAmy Parsons was murdered at her home in Whitechapel. Picture: Met Police

Roderick Deakin-White, 38, bludgeoned Amy Parsons, 35, with a metal bar while she was showering at their Crowder Street, Whitechapel flat in April.

He denied murder but was found guilty today (Tuesday, November 19) following a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

The court heard how Deakin-White, who had a cross-dressing habit, had been in a relationship with Ms Parsons for several years and relied on her for financial support. He did not work and she paid the rent for their flat.

Ms Parsons, who was originally from Australia, had told friends that she was increasingly unhappy with the relationship, and a few weeks prior to the murder had started seeing a colleague - something she told Deakin-White about.

Jurors were told the couple began to argue and Deakin-White tried to monitor what Ms Parsons was doing, accessing her laptop and spying on her taxi account.

He also began stalking Ms Parsons, following her home from work, and he began to express his anger to friends, messaging one friend to say; "I hate her". To another friend he messaged "I'm going to do something stupid, I just know it."

On the day she died, Ms Parsons had told a friend at lunch that she needed to resolve the situation and would speak to Deakin-White about their relationship.

While she was showering in the flat, Deakin-White attacked her with a metal bar in what a pathologist found was a sustained and forceful assault with a heavy, blunt object. The multiple blows to her head fractured her skull and caused brain damage.

Forensic experts believe she could have been alive for up to an hour after the attack.

A neighbour heard a woman screaming but didn't realise what was happening.

The following day, Deakin-White rang his father and told him he was a murderer. His fater immediately ran 999 and asked for an ambulance to go to the flat.

Police and paramedics forced entry to the Crowder Street property and found Ms Parsons dead in the bath.

Meanwhile, Deakin-White was in Edmonton and spoke to a man about what he had done.

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The man, who was a stranger to him, persuaded him to give himself up and as they walked together towards Tottenham Police Station they saw two officers.

Deakin-White told the officers he thought he had killed his fiancée and he was arrested on suspicion of murder.

He told the officers that Ms Parsons had told him their relationship was over and he described himself as a 'murderer'.

He said that even if she had still been alive, he had left her too long.

Deakin-White said they had been talking about a break up and he was talking to her while she was in the shower when he grabbed the metal bar and attacked Ms Parsons.

He told them he had locked the flat, left her 'breathing funny' in the bath, and had been walking ever since.

Det Insp Darren Jones said: "Amy Parsons paid the ultimate price because of Deakin-White's controlling, selfish and violent nature.

"He relied on Amy's financial support and I believe he could not stand the fact that she was moving on and refused to be taken advantage of anymore.

"Amy had become aware of what kind of person he was and was beginning to take steps to leave Deakin-White."

He added: "Because of this Deakin-White launched a vicious and brutal attack on Amy, without warning and in her own home, where she should have been safe and secure.

"He attacked her in the shower, where she was most vulnerable, inflicted the most savage injuries and then like the coward he is, fled, leaving Amy dying and alone.

"The details of this case have been a terrible ordeal for Amy's family and I truly hope this conviction brings them some comfort.

"I would implore anyone who is in a controlling relationship, or anyone who is aware of someone who could be at risk, to call police; that phone call could save a life."

Anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse, or knows of someone who may be a victim, should call police via 101 or 999 in an emergency. They can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Deakin-White will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, November 26.

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