Killer who drowned girlfriend in pond ‘out of jealousy’ is jailed for murder

A murderer who drowned his partner in a drainage pond has been jailed for 18 years.

Robert McWhir, 26, killed mum-of-two Marissa Aldrich "out of jealousy and possessiveness," a judge said.

Her body was found in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, at around 2.30am, three days before Christmas, on December 22 last year.

A post-mortem examination revealed that the 29-year-old drowned, and she was pronounced dead at around 4.30am.

Robert McWhir, 26, of St Neots, had denied murdering Miss Aldrich – despite a witness telling Cambridge Crown Court that the man was found kneeling on the mum in a pond.

The court heard during the trial that the pair were in an "on and off" relationship and were seen arguing about Miss Aldrich talking to other men.

But he was caged for a minimum of 18 years today.

Judge David Farrell said: “You have been convicted by the jury of the offence of murder.

"The victim was only 29, a young woman a mother who you were with st the time an off off relationship it was a murder committed by you out of jealousy, and possessiveness because you believed Marissa was still seeing her former boyfriend.

"It was a senseless act of drunken and drugged violence motivated by that jealousy which resulted in the death of that young woman the consequences . You have been convicted by the jury of the offence of murder."

He continued: “On the 21st December of last year you and Marissa met up at your friends Luke’s flat on Loves Farm in St Neots there you both drank alcohol and consumed drugs.

“It is clear that things were said in the lead up to her leaving their flat at 2:10 at 22nd December.

“It showed the state of mind and paranoia from you that you were seeing her former boyfriend.

“Both of you took the route that was well known to you both. On that route as you approached the bridge you and her undoubtedly began arguing, you took her phone grabbed her and ended up in the drainage ditch with the relatively shallow water and deliberately drown her. Intending to kill her and kill her you did.”

Cambridge Crown Court heard the jury reached its verdict after 10 hours of deliberation.

The victim's mum Gemma Aldrich stood with tears in her eyes as the verdict was delivered.

In a statement read to the court during the hearing, the mum said: "Every night I close my eyes I picture Marissa with fear in her eyes.

"This does not go away – I imagine it never will.

"It is very difficult to describe how it feels emotionally other than it is a torment that is constantly with us. There is now a black hole that will not be filled. We have scars that will not heal.

"The mental anguish I myself, feel every day wondering if my beautiful daughter Marissa called out to me for help. Every night I close my eyes, I picture Marissa with fear in her eyes, this does not go away, I imagine it never will.

"Knowing how Marissa and where Marissa’s life was taken causes the whole family trauma. Trauma which will always be with us.

"Marissa was a daughter, sister, niece, granddaughter and mother, we all love her dearly and struggle to understand how she was here one minute and gone the next.

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