'I think I've killed her': Father-to-be's text message 'after kicking and stamping his heavily pregnant ex-girlfriend to death in alcohol and drug fuelled rage' Tony McLernon accused of killing Eystna Blunnie, 20, in Essex The couple had recently broken up after an abusive relationshipChelmsford Crown Court hears Miss Blunnie had been heavily pregnantMcLernon, 24, from Harlow, denies murdering his former girlfriend By Leon Watson PUBLISHED: 11:41 GMT, 20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:18 GMT, 20 February 2013 A man beat his heavily pregnant ex-girlfriend to death and killed their unborn child in a 'brutal and sustained' attack, a court has heard. Fuelled by alcohol and cannabis, Tony McLernon arranged to meet Eystna Blunnie in a street in Harlow, Essex, in the early hours of June 27 last year, prosecutor Andrew Jackson told Chelmsford Crown Court. The couple had recently broken up after an abusive relationship and he knew she was pregnant with his child
Picasso painting sells for more than 28.5m at auction as prices for most sought-after works soars Woman Sitting Near a Window sold at Sotheby's yesterdayPrices for sought-after works have soared in recent years sale for 41.5m US dollars (26.5m). 'Golden muse': Pablo Picasso's (right) 1932 piece Femme Assise Pres d'une Fenetre (Woman Sitting Near a Window) of his companion Marie-Therese Walter (left) sold for more than 28.5m ‘This particular portrait is a striking and notably modern-looking work from one of the artist's most celebrated periods.’ Nonetheless, it was comfortably the top lot of an evening when a series of works on paper by Austrian artist Egon Schiele arguably stole the limelight. MOST EXPENSIVE ARTWORK PRICETAGS No
Mother-of-three commended by judge and handed bravery award for shouting f*** off at armed raider By Anna Edwards PUBLISHED: 12:45 GMT, 4 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:57 GMT, 4 January 2013 When faced with a terrifying situation, many of us lose the power of speech. But not for one woman – who was handed a bravery award today for shouting 'f*** off' to an armed robber. Michelle Andrews, 45, was commended by a judge for her four-letter tirade when she was confronted by the dangerous knifeman.
Curse of the film bloat: Cinema owners in revolt against Hollywood as three-hour movies such as The Hobbit hit profits Cinemas can experience losses when screening longer film four times a dayThey could otherwise be showing a normal 90-minute film on six occasionsNational Association of Theatre Owners commissions report into problemMeanwhile C4 is blasted for advert over Lord of the Rings ending last night | UPDATED: 16:42 GMT, 30 December 2012 While those watching The Hobbit might have felt they got their money’s worth when it came down to the film’s three-hour length, cinemas showing the blockbuster were left feeling a little hard done by. Now U.S
Star of new 'Downton with tills' drama on how she fell for the actor who plays Bilbo BagginsAmanda Abbington and Martin Freeman met on the set of Men Only in 2000Amanda is due to star in ITV’s new department-store drama Mr SelfridgeFreeman will spend 18 months filming in New Zealand | UPDATED: 22:02 GMT, 29 December 2012 The couple attended the Royal Film Performance of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Odeon Leicester Square in London earlier this month When your long-term partner and father of your two children becomes a bona fide Hollywood star, it’s hard to imagine what the downside might be. But for Amanda Abbington there were definite drawbacks when Martin Freeman won the part of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Pippa opening sexy underwear, Carole enjoying a sneaky ciggie and mum-to-be tucking into turkey: Christmas at the Middletons' home… or is it | UPDATED: 23:07 GMT, 22 December 2012 It's the Middletons as you’ve never seen them before – letting their hair down behind the closed doors of their Berkshire home as they celebrate the last Christmas before the birth of a Royal baby. And there’s special cause for a party this year as the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are spending the festive season with her parents, having decided that a formal Christmas at Sandringham might be too much for Kate, given her severe morning sickness.
Now you can drink in the same pub as Bilbo: Middle Earth hostelry opens to the public… and luckily the pints aren't Hobbit-sizedThe Green Dragon pub is found in Hobbiton, near Matamata, New ZealandShire inn was popular watering hole for Frodo, Sam, Merry and PippinUsed in filming for the latest Hobbit film, the iconic pub includes characteristic circular doors made famous in movies | UPDATED: 18:27 GMT, 11 December 2012 For the inhabitants of Middle Earth, it was a popular watering hole, where Frodo Baggins and his friends Sam, Merry and Pippin liked to tipple. But now the famous shire inn in the village of Hobbiton has expanded its visitors from curious Hobbits and opened up to the public.
Paramedics called to performance of Shakespeare after drunken student actors began staggering on stage and smashed up the set Sussex University student actors staggered on stage and had to be held up by their friends 'Lady Macbeth smashed a glass jug on the ground' Student Union investigating incident after ambulance was called for actress in her early 20s | UPDATED: 14:45 GMT, 9 December 2012 Enlarge Paramedics were called to a drunken Shakespeare show performed by Sussex University students Paramedics were called to help student actors who had more than their fair share of Dutch courage before a Shakespeare performance, which saw them staggering on stage and smashing up the set. The boozed-up thespians, members of the Sussex University Drama Society (SUDS), had deliberately downed drinks just minutes before their show which featured scenes from Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream. One audience member told The Badger, the student newspaper for Sussex University: 'I saw Lady Macbeth smash a glass jug on the ground.' Others reported the director had to take one actor off stage after he entered at the wrong scene, during the show at a bar in Falmer, East Sussex
A life worth living: Judge backs wife in fight to keep her husband alive after hospital tried to withhold treatment Doctors had wanted to withhold potentially lifesaving care from father Judge Justice Jackson overruled doctors yesterday saying they had undervalued the limited quality of life David James, 68, could still enjoyMr James went to hospital seven months ago with stomach complaint, but contracted pneumonia that led to multiple organ failureJudge described husband's relationship with his family as 'of the closest and most meaningful kind' and this carried 'great weight' in his decisionEmotional evidence heard relatives insisting Mr James smiled when they visited and enjoyed reading the newspaper and seeing his grandchildren | UPDATED: 23:15 GMT, 6 December 2012 The loving wife of a desperately ill musician yesterday won her fight to force a hospital to keep treating him. Doctors had wanted to withhold potentially lifesaving care from David James, 68.