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Mark Brandford is accused of crushing Kayleigh Dunning’s skull in a ‘cruel’ attack the same night he proposed to her, having devised a ‘cold and calculated’ plan.
A year before the 49-year-old man allegedly murdered Miss Dunning, 32, he is said to have created the impression that he had a mysterious enemy by sharing explicit videos of the couple having sex from a phone stolen from her.
Brandford, a street sweeper, sent the images to the cleaner’s family and bosses and is accused of sending her anonymous threats including “I’m going to screw you big” as well.
Mark Brandford is accused of crushing Kayleigh Dunning’s skull in a ‘vicious’ attack the same night he proposed to her, having devised a ‘cold and calculated’ plan
On the night of December 17, 2019, Brandford allegedly subjected Miss Dunning to a ‘fierce’ and ‘prolonged’ attack at her home in Portsmouth, Hants.
Today, Portsmouth Crown Court jurors convicted Brandford of revealing private sexual photos of her, having spent four hours and 14 minutes deliberating with her.
However, the president of the jury told the judge that they had not yet reached a unanimous verdict on the murder charge, which he denies.
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The jury previously heard that Miss Dunning’s phone went missing in October 2018.
Shortly after, intimate videos were sent to her bosses at the cleaning company she worked for.
The videos were sent from her phone stolen from her and this was reported to the police.
Prosecutor Simon Jones said: ‘The police could not find, at the time, who was responsible. Now we know who was responsible: it was the man who murdered her, Mark Brandford.
Brandford was ‘creating the illusion that [Miss Dunning] had a stalker or enemy’ before killing the 32-year-old cleaner in a ‘brutal and ferocious’ attack at his home in Portsmouth, Hampshire, (police at the scene of the attack) in December 2019, Portsmouth Crown Court heard
The jury was told that in July and August 2019, while Miss Dunning and Brandford were living together, she began receiving ‘abusive’, ‘threatening’ and ‘nasty’ messages from another phone.
Meanwhile, videos of her having sex with Brandford were sent from the phone to her bosses, her family, and her other lover, Dean Drooney.
The jury was told that Ms. Dunning was “very upset and distressed” by these messages.
Pictures of her in her underwear were also sent to members of her family.
Jones said both phones were being used by Brandford to “trick” Ms. Dunning into thinking someone else was sending them.
One message referred to Brandford, who works for a civil engineering company as a street sweeper, as her ‘n ***** lover’ and another said ‘I’m going to screw you big.’
The court heard that Ms. Dunning was “mortified” and prescribed antidepressants as a result of the messages they were sending her.
Miss Dunning’s phone went missing in October 2018. Shortly afterwards, intimate videos of her were sent to her bosses at the cleaning company she worked for (police at the scene of the attack)
Brandford was interviewed by police about this and “tried to frame himself as a victim” saying he had also 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. ” .
Brandford was “creating the illusion that he had a stalker or an enemy,” the court heard.
Brandford even told police before the murder that someone else was breaking into his apartment while he was not there.
Jones said: “You may wonder if the defendant planned this murder and hoped to create the impression that she had been killed by an intruder or stalker.”
Days before Miss Dunning was killed, one of the phones was allegedly recharged by Brandford and he sent messages to Miss Dunning’s boss calling her ‘fat’ and saying ‘Kayleigh wouldn’t be working there after Christmas’.
Jones said this had “sinister significance in hindsight.”
He also created a fake Facebook page in Ms. Dunning’s name using her mobile phone stolen from her in November 2018, the court was told.
The Portsmouth Crown Court had previously heard how Ms Dunning had been killed in a ‘prolonged and violent attack’ while she was lying naked in bed.
Images posted to Brandford’s Instagram from the late night show Miss Dunning posing next to novelty balloons that read ‘Will you marry me?’ over them, a jury heard.
The jury was told that the next morning, Brandford left the apartment shortly after 5 a.m., before returning later and making a ‘fake’ call to 999, on the pretext that he had just discovered her body. .
He was arrested that night and, in his interview with police, the street sweeper said that Ms. Dunning had told him to turn off the alarm in the morning, calling him ‘noodles’ in the process.
The court heard that this was his nickname for the other man he was dating, Dean, who Brandford was said to be “very jealous of.”
Jones said: ‘The couple had previously had violent arguments when she accidentally called him by Dean’s name in the past.