Additional reporting by Anna Senkara
34 year old Kane Boyce from Kent has been sentence to life imprisonment at the Old Bailey for murdering his girlfriend Paula Newman.
He will have to serve a minimum of 20 years.
The Court heard Boyce beat his partner to death because she didn’t let him look at her Facebook account.
The couple lived together in a shared house in Beckenham.
On 11th November 2013, residents near their home in Elmside, off Field Way, New Addington reported hearing a man shouting and a woman screaming outside their homes for some time.
One neighbour heard a man shouting “log on log on” and threatening a woman who was crying “no no no”.
Boyce later turned up at a friend’s house carrying his girlfriend who was unconscious and battered.
He claimed he and Paula had an argument and she jumped out of the car while it was moving.
She was pronounced dead at Croydon University Hospital.
A post-mortem showed Paula had bruising and injuries consistent with being assaulted, and numerous impacts to her head, including a brain injury.
The Court heard that Boyce has a history of violence towards women.
Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said:
Boyce’s utter obsession with his unfounded belief that his girlfriend was cheating on him led him to brutally attack her.
He then tried to cover his tracks, disposing of evidence and concocting a series of lies that he rattled off to his friends and paramedics and later police.
The prosecution refused to accept his plea to manslaughter. I am pleased the jury have now backed that decision and agreed his actions were such to cause Paula really serious harm in a blind rage because she refused to let him access her private social media accounts.
I am grateful for the bravery of Boyce’s previous partners who came to court and gave evidence of being assaulted by him. I urge anyone who is in a relationship and feels they may be at risk of domestic violence or abuse to find out about their partner’s previous history under Clare’s law. I encourage all partners in any form of abusive relationship to report it and seek help from the police or relevant supporting agencies.