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Man who stabbed girlfriend to death at Holiday Inn in Greenwich convicted of murder

“Self-obsessed” Taye Francis was previously convicted of rape and violence when he killed 23-year-old Khloemae Loy in a hotel room last July.

The steroid addict sent a photo of Ms Loy lying dead on a bed to her lawyer saying “I killed my girlfriend” as he called 999, jurors heard.

Ms Loy, whom Francis had stabbed in the neck, was pronounced dead at the scene in Greenwich, south-east London.

Prosecutor Kate Lumsdon QC had told jurors there was no problem Francis had killed her, but they must determine if he suffered from a mental disorder at the time.

She said: “Mr. Francis was a violent and self-obsessed man who took steroids.

“In addition to building muscle mass, steroids have various side effects. These include aggression and paranoia.

“Our case is that he killed her in anger. It was murder.”

Francis, 40, homeless, who had admitted manslaughter by reduced liability, was found guilty of murder by a majority of 10-2 on Wednesday.

He was remanded in custody to be sentenced on December 6.

Taye Francois

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The court heard how Francis, formerly known as Ashley Wyatt, had a string of convictions for violence against women.

In 2002, he was jailed for six years and entered in the sex offender registry for two rapes, kidnapping and possession of a blade. He had kidnapped and forced a woman he knew to board a train where she had been raped in the bathroom; he then took her to an address where he raped her again.

In 2013, he received a restraining order and jailed for assaulting another woman whom he threatened to kill and stab in the neck.

Two years later, he was convicted of criminal damage in a domestic incident.

In 2016, he was released on parole for assaulting an ex-girlfriend.

Ms Loy had met the accused while working in a pub near Croydon College, where she was a student.

She told her parents, Maxine and Dany Loy, that he was 26 when he was actually much older, and also, mistakenly, that he was a classmate.

In 2017, Francis assaulted Ms Loy and threw her in a wheelie bin, jurors said.

He was found guilty and sentenced to 20 weeks with a deportation order.

A man seen outside a Holiday Inn hotel window

Ms Lumsdon told jurors: ‘Her parents encouraged Khloemae to leave Mr Francis.

“Khloemae said she couldn’t leave him or that he would attack Mr. and Mrs. Loy.

“The tapes paint a picture, you might think, of an aggressive and controlling man and a troubled and scared woman struggling with her sanity.”

The day before the murder, Ms Loy canceled a shopping trip with her mother, saying she was heading to the coast to meet her boyfriend’s parents.

On July 5 last year, Ms Loy was found lying on a bed in a Greenwich hotel with a deep cut to her neck.

Francis was hanging from a ledge outside, having thrown a small backpack and a suitcase out the window.

The accused, who had cuts to his body and had recently taken steroids, was eventually taken to emergency services, placed in a induced coma and taken to hospital.

When uniformed police knocked on the door of the victim’s parents, Mr. Loy responded and said, “He killed her, didn’t he?”

In an impact statement, her parents said: “Khloemae was only 23 at the time of her death. She is missed by her family and friends. Her bubbly personality is missed by all of us, she has always been the life and soul of the party and she has always tried to see the best in everyone. She was like our little porcelain doll.

“At the age of 23, Khloemae had already endured five years of suffering at the hands of Taye Francis when she was only asking for love and commitment.

“Taye trapped her in her world. He lied to her from the start. He lied about his age, his job, and the fact that he was a student at a local college. He tried to manipulate and control Khloemae from the start. He took her away from family and friends and abused her both physically and emotionally.

“Even though Khloemae is no longer here with us, she still exists. Taye took Khloemae’s life, but in doing so, he ruined ours as well. We cannot experience his love and happiness.

Emma Currie, of the CPS, said: “Taye Francis was not only controlling, violent and angry – he was also completely paranoid and was walking around with a stab proof vest. As a registered sex offender, he was convinced everyone knew about it and was looking to catch him.

“Khloemae Loy was an innocent victim and tragically lost her life after being caught in a spiral of abuse at the hands of Francis.

“The prosecution was able to present strong testimony from toxicology experts and a history of evidence detailing previous incidents of violence related to Francis’ former partners as well as Khloemae.

“The defense argued that Francis had suffered from an illness that interferes with his thinking and actions, but the prosecution was able to prove to the jury that in fact Francis had become paranoid as a result of intentionally taking anabolic steroids.

“Domestic violence can have a devastating impact. The SPC is committed to bringing offenders to justice whenever possible. While nothing can bring Ms. Loy back, I hope this conviction will bring some sense of justice to her family and friends. Our thoughts remain with them at this time.

Detective Sergeant Quinn Cutler of the Metropolitan Police said: “Taye Francis is a violent and controlling man who subjected Khloemae to constant assault and abuse due to his own paranoia.

“Her horrific actions deprived a family of a beloved young woman who had her entire life ahead of her and our team was determined to obtain justice for her and those who are deprived of her loss.

“Domestic violence should never be tolerated and across the Met we are working hard to protect the women and girls of the capital. We want anyone who experiences abusive or controlling behavior to know that we are there for them and that we will listen to them. If you need us contact 101 or 999 where we have specially trained agents who can provide support and investigate.

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