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Mark Brandford ‘created the illusion’ that his girlfriend Kayleigh Dunning had a mysterious enemy by sending explicit videos from her ‘stolen’ phone.
The 49-year-old from Portsmouth, Hants also sent threatening anonymous messages to Miss Dunning to make it appear that someone was trying to catch her.
Brandford, who prosecutors say was jealous of Ms. Dunning’s ex-partner, then “brutally” murdered the 32-year-old the same night he proposed to her.
The ‘deceptive’ killer, a street cleaner, tried to create a ‘facade’ the next day by going to work and pretending nothing had happened.However, Brandford was convicted today of the murder of Miss Dunning following a trial in Portsmouth Crown Court.
He had previously been found guilty of revealing private s*xual photos of her victim.
Brandford will be sentenced on Friday.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard Brandford crush the skull of his partner in a ‘cruel’ attack on December 17, 2019, the same night he proposed to her.
The year before, he had created the impression that she had a mysterious enemy by pretending that someone else had stolen her phone and using it to share explicit videos of the couple having sex.
He sent the images of her to Miss Dunning’s family and bosses, as well as sending her anonymous threats that included ‘I’m going to screw you big.’
Mr Jones said: ‘Police couldn’t find, at that stage, who was responsible.
Now we know who was responsible: it was the man who murdered her, Mark Brandford.
Brandford “tried to frame himself as a victim” by telling police that he too had received threatening messages.
He even told police that he had called one of the numbers and that he had ‘heard voices on the other end’.
Jones said Brandford “ could have planned the murder in a more sinister and premeditated way ” due to the “ constant way, over many months, creating the impression that someone else wanted to catch Kayleigh and make her life a pittance. ” .
He told her that ‘she would not be working after Christmas’ and even told police before the murder that someone else was breaking into her apartment.
Late last week, Brandford was found guilty in Portsmouth Crown Court, Hants, of revealing private s*xual photos of her, the jury spent four hours and 14 minutes deliberating on her.
Brandford was found guilty at Portsmouth Crown Court of disclosing private s*xual photos of her, the jury having spent four hours 14 minutes deliberating
However, the chairman of the jury told the judge that they had not yet reached a unanimous verdict on the murder charge, which he denied.
The jurors then spent another three hours deliberating their final verdict before convicting Brandford of murdering her partner for two years.
Judge Timothy Mousley, QC, delayed reporting the outcome so that Brandford could be informed, who remained in prison and did not attend due to a coronavirus scare.
Judge Mousley thanked the jury and said: ‘Obviously it is a great responsibility for members of the public to decide these cases, especially when they are so serious …
“You have given your full care and attention to what I have already said is a serious case and have helped us keep the case going.
“ There were times when I thought this case would be stopped and that would be extremely unsatisfactory for everyone involved …
“Because the defendant could not be reached, I issued an order postponing service of the verdict so that his lawyers could inform him before anyone else.”
Following the verdict, Hampshire Police today issued a statement that Ms. Dunning’s family wrote following her death.
It read: ‘Our precious daughter Kayleigh Louise Dunning was abducted so suddenly.
She ‘she has destroyed our whole world. You never expect to bury your own child.
Her brother has lost his best friend. She was so kind and considerate. As long as her mom, dad, and brother were okay, she would be happy.
‘The hardest thing is not being able to hear her voice and her laugh, and not hugging her.
‘Our life will never be the same again. We are devastated and only people who have lost a child would understand how we feel. There are not enough words to explain how we feel.
Rest in peace, girl. You are always in our hearts and thoughts … We miss you so much. ‘