Matthew Smith (24) strangled his ex girlfriend and mother of his two kids. He killed her in the bathroom of her home in Burnham-on-Crouch, after he discovered his tax stopped.
He suspected that she was the one that stopped his tax credits. After killing her, he sent a text message to her sister and it reads: ”By the time you get there it will be too late”.
Truly, by the time Becky’s sister (Sarah) got there, it was too late because she found her sister dead in the bathtub. Sarah called the police and Smith was arrested, and he admitted to killing Becky. But he said he was out of his mind when the incident occurred.
During the trial, the Judge discovered some facts like, Becky has been in a relationship with Smith for the past six years and broke up with him after she found interest in some other guy. Smith was hurt but he pretend to be okay with Becky’s new relationship.
The prosecutor, Mr Caudle told the court:
“According to Shane Anderson [Becky’s new boyfriend], the defendant was always trying to get Becky to go out with him and his family despite her telling him repeatedly that the relationship was over and there was no more him and her.
“In Shane’s view, the defendant did not want to see Becky happy and was very jealous.”
Mr Caudle added: “He [Smith] tightened cable ties to her neck to a degree that they could not be seen and he murdered her.
“Maybe because of jealousy that she was pregnant with a new boyfriend, maybe that combined with she had told taxman he was no longer around and he no longer had tax credits, we don’t know.”
Smith was later sentenced to life in imprisonment after the judgement was passed but he was remorseful about it
Source- UK Mirror
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