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Natalie Jarvis murder: Boyfriend guilty of stab killing

Swanley death scene
Image caption Natalie Jarvis was stabbed 20 times during the attack and was found on the side of the road

A man has been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend because he wanted to end their relationship.

Adam Whelehan, 23, of Roseberry Avenue, Sidcup, was convicted of killing Natalie Jarvis, 23, on 3 October 2012 by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court.

The court was told Whelehan, who claimed he was acting in self-defence, stabbed Ms Jarvis 19 times in the neck.

His co-defendant Thomas Fuller, 23, of Oakley Drive, Eltham, who also denied murder, was cleared by the jury.

Jurors heard Whelehan handed himself in at a police station three and a half hours after Ms Jarvis was pronounced dead at the side of Swanley Village Road, Swanley.

'Popular girl'

Det Insp Gavin Moss, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: "What has really struck me throughout the course of this investigation is the complete dignity the family have displayed and I would like to publicly pay tribute to them and the strength that they have shown.

"A daughter and a sister was cruelly taken from them last October in such tragic circumstances, yet they have assisted our investigation massively, and helped us reach today's result.

"Natalie was a young, popular girl, with many happy years and experiences to look forward to with her family and friends; Adam Whelehan stole that from her.

"Whelehan is a young man, but will be spending the rest of his youth exactly where he deserves to be - in prison."

He is expected to be sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday.

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