Eystna Blunnie death: Accused 'obsessed' with Guitar Hero

Eystna Blunnie
Image caption Eystna Blunnie was found fatally injured near her home on 27 June

A man accused of beating to death his heavily pregnant ex-fiancee and killing their unborn baby has described his addiction to supermarket alcohol and the Guitar Hero computer game.

Tony McLernon, 24, told Chelmsford Crown Court he daily drank 20 litres of a cider and sparkling wine mixture.

He said he would rarely leave his bedroom and spent hours playing the game on a console.

Mr McLernon denies the murder of Eystna Blunnie, 20.

Mr McLernon, of Harlow, Essex, also denies child destruction.

The court heard his "obsession" led to tension in his relationship with his alleged victim.

"I was very good at the game and was invited to take part in national competitions online," he said.

"But I played it far too much and she began to not like it.

"One night I heard a bang upstairs and went up to find my Guitar Hero guitar had been snapped in half and the only person in the bedroom was Eystna."

Due to give birth

Unemployed Mr McLernon said his drinking began at the age of 16 in a park near his home with friends.

As his alcoholism worsened, he sought out cheaper and stronger drinks.

"I would buy two or three litre bottles of strong cider from the supermarket and mix it with Lambrini. We called it rocket fuel."

Prosecutor Andrew Jackson said Mr McLernon had lured Miss Blunnie to her death by sending a text message which read: "I've got a surprise for you."

When she met him in Howard Way near her home in Harlow, he brutally kicked and stamped on her before leaving her fatally injured in a pool of blood, Mr Jackson said.

Miss Blunnie was due to give birth to a girl within days.

Mr McLernon, who said he had suffered from depression and was prone to self-harm, denied claims he had physically abused her and previous partners.

He claimed she was prone to aggressive outbursts and would verbally abuse him but he "never raised a hand to her".

On one occasion she threw a china cup at him and on another she bit his chest, Mr McLernon said.

The trial continues

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