A man who battered his Australian fiancee to death when she wanted to leave him because of his cross-dressing has been found guilty of murder in the UK.
Roderick Deakin-White, 38, repeatedly hit Amy Parsons, 35, over the head with a metal bar while she was showering in the flat they shared in Whitechapel, east London.
She suffered “horrific injuries” to her head, face and brain during the attack on April 25 before he left her bleeding to death on the floor.
Deakin-White denied murder but was found guilty by a jury yesterday. He faces a life sentence when he is sentenced on November 26.
The court heard Parsons, a personal assistant for a City company who was from Melbourne, became increasingly dissatisfied with the relationship, telling friends one bone of contention was Deakin-White’s cross-dressing.
“She was unhappy about this and this was something he had often wanted to do when they were intimate,” said prosecutor Gareth Patterson QC.
He told jurors Deakin-White became angry and jealous after Parsons began a relationship with her colleague James Saunders a few weeks before the killing.
The prosecutor said Deakin-White launched the attack after she told him she was leaving him.
“Unwilling to accept that she was going to leave him, he used a metal bar to hit her repeatedly around the head while she was showering in the Docklands flat which they shared,” Patterson said.
“By his blows with the bar he caused her horrific injuries and fractures to the head and face and brain.”
She was left bleeding on the shower floor, and Deakin-White fled the flat before confessing to a friend, who persuaded him to hand himself in.
Emergency services broke into Parsons’ flat and found her naked body covered in blood slumped on the shower floor.
A post-mortem examination found she suffered major fractures to her head and face and died of a traumatic brain injury.
After the attack Deakin-White approached a stranger in north London and admitted to the man he had killed his fiancée.
After being persuaded by the man to hand himself in to police, Deakin-White told officers he was a “murderer”.
Ms Parsons was last in Australia in January.
During their relationship, Deakin-White, who was unemployed, increasingly relied on her for financial support.
Ms Parsons told friends she was increasingly unhappy with the relationship and the emotional and physical demands that Deakin-White made upon her.
Detective Inspector Darren Jones, of the Metropolitan Police, said Deakin-White had attacked her in a cowardly and brutal assault.
“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 said.
“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.”
“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 any more.
“Amy had become aware of what kind of person he was and was beginning to take steps to leave Deakin-White.
“These steps included a new relationship, free from Deakin-White’s coercive and abusive behaviour.”
Deakin-White was remanded in custody and will be sentenced next week.
© AAP 2020