CPS spokeswoman Grace Ononiwu
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CPS apologises to murder victim's family

The Crown Prosecution Service has apologised for not doing enough to save a pregnant woman who was murdered by her violent ex-boyfriend.

Eystna Blunnie, 20, from Harlow, Essex, was just days from giving birth in June 2012 when she was attacked by Tony McLernon. He was later jailed for life for murder and child destruction.

The CPS has admitted it should have taken action against McLernon after he tried to strangle Ms Blunnie two months before he killed her.

Chief Crown Prosecutor for the East of England Grace Ononiwu said the CPS had lessons to learn from the case.

  • 30 May 2013