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Damien Simmons was found guilty of murdering Denise Keane-Simmons in a house fire in Harlesden, and arson with intent to endanger life.
Damion Simmons doused 36-year-old Denise Keane-Simmons with gasoline in Harlesden, northwest London, early April 16, 2020. She died later that morning.
Simmons, 45, sent a voice note to her victim the night before, saying “I hope you suffer and die,” he heard her judgment.
He also posted sexual photos of her on social media that night.
In addition to the mandatory life sentence for her murder, Simmons received a simultaneous 20-year sentence for arson intended to endanger her life.
The Old Bailey had heard how Simmons installed a spy camera in his wife’s bedroom and installed recording equipment to listen to her conversations.wikipedia
In sentencing him, Judge Philip Katz described the last months of Ms. Keane-Simmons’ life as a “desperately sad story,” in which she had to “endure the possessiveness and cruelty of the man she had just married. “.
The judge told Simmons: “It was her own possessive and controlling behavior toward her new wife that destroyed the marriage, not the efforts of people close to Denise whose only concern was her well-being.”
Eddy Grant’s niece’s husband was jailed for 32 years today for burning her to death in revenge when she kicked him out of their home.
Damien Simmons, 45, was convicted of murdering his ex-wife in a house fire in Harlesden and arson intended to endanger his life.
Simmons broke into the home he had shared with 36-year-old Denise Keane-Simmons to pour gasoline on her head and set it on fire.
He jumped from a bathroom window when flames ripped through the townhouse in Harlesden, northwest London.
Mrs. Keane-Simmons ran in terror into her burning room from hers, still so terrified of Simmons that she managed to close the door behind her.
Image caption, Damion Simmons claimed that he had not wanted his ex-wife to die
In giving evidence during his murder trial, Simmons admitted to being a “controlling and jealous” husband who had harassed his wife.
However, he maintained that he had not intended for her to die, claiming that he had attempted to set a fire and was about to pour gasoline when Ms. Keane-Simmons had taken it from his hand.
‘He thought of himself’
In a victim impact statement read in court, Ms. Keane-Simmons’ aunt, Helen Keane, said: “Words cannot really express how devastated we are.
“It is indescribable pain and one that we will never forget,” she said of the impact of the death of her niece, who had worked as a teaching assistant at an elementary school for 11 years.
“Denise had so much more to offer the world, but she was unfortunately taken away from us too soon.
“The defendant has not shown a shred of remorse throughout this trial, all he has thought about is himself, and we as a family truly believe that he was fully aware of his intentions that night he set fire to home”.
Olcay Sapanoglu, CPS, said: “Damion Simmons carried out a campaign of jealousy of torment and abuse against his wife that culminated in her murder in the most horrific way, simply because he could not accept that their relationship was over.
“Simmons’s violent actions have resulted in a devastating loss of life. While nothing can bring Denise back, I hope this conviction provides a sense of justice to her family and friends.”
“The quiet dignity displayed by Denise’s family and friends who listened to her killer’s attempt to avoid responsibility for killing the woman they loved is a huge credit to them.
“On several occasions during the first months of 2020, the police had been called in to help her and Denise had finally gone to see a lawyer to end this short but disastrous marriage.
“Perhaps the most moving evidence from the trial is camera footage of one of the police officers who was with Denise just over an hour before she was murdered.”
She seemed dejected and defeated by the persistent, spiteful and humiliating behavior of the man who at this very moment was crossing London with the intention of killing her in the most horrible way imaginable.
You, Damien Simmons, were that man.
The judge added: “From start to finish, it was all about you.”
The court heard that the couple had met online in 2017 when he was living in Trinidad and Ms. Keane-Simmons flew out to marry him there a year later.
Little English BA, Ms. Keane-Simmons, who was 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighed only eight pounds, worked as a teaching assistant.
Ms. Keane-Simmons has been married before, but that relationship ended when her husband was convicted of robbery and deported.
Her mother was married to the Electric Avenue musician’s brother.
Simmons had a young daughter from his previous marriage and took the opportunity to move in with his wife to his mother’s home on Alric Avenue, Harlesden.
But he soon became sullen and manipulative and tried to prevent his wife from going out alone or dancing with other men at parties.
He was critical of the money she spent as he made her pay for her mobile phone and demanded up to £ 300 a time for “a drink”.
The problems worsened after Ms. Keane-Simmons’s mother died and she left the home to her daughter in December 2019.
At a wake for her mother in her old home, Simmons drunkenly objected to the ex-boyfriends of her wife being present, yelling, “I’m the man of the house.”
After police were called in for a violent incident in late January, Ms. Keane-Simmons kicked him out of the house and changed the locks.
She that night she discovered that before leaving, Simmons had placed a secret camera disguised as a light bulb in the bedroom.
Simmons was forced to move into a one-bedroom apartment with his mother and the conditions were so tight that he had to share his bed.
He spent the months leading up to the fire on the night of April 15 last year harassing her wife by bombarding her with emails and text messages from her and other people’s phones.
Simmons showed up at his school in Holloway, knocked on his door, and annoyed his friends.
The night of the fire he posted the nude photos as he traveled to Alric Avenue with a gallon of gas.
When his friend called to complain about the photos, he laughed on the phone and hung up.
Another friend who phoned for the photos was told: ‘Let her suffer like me and let her feel humiliated like me.’