A man bludgeoned his fiancée to death after finding out she was having an affair with a work colleague, a court heard.
Roderick Deakin-White, 38, is claimed to have murdered 35-year-old Amy Parsons, after the Australian secretary started seeing James Saunders, who worked with her at a City insurance firm.
Jurors heard the couple had been together for several years before Ms Parsons became unhappy with the Deakin-White’s cross-dressing fetish.
After learning of Ms Parsons’ affair with Mr Saunders, Deakin-White, who had admitted manslaughter, sent a flurry of angry messages to friends calling his love rival a ‘bastard, creep, and bloody nobhead.’
He slammed the victim as a ‘sneaky bitch’ and a ‘nasty, nasty person’ in further texts before telling a friend he was going to do ‘something stupid,’ jurors heard.
Deakin-White allegedly decided ‘if he couldn’t have her no one can’ after discovering love messages between Ms Parsons and Mr Saunders.
Ms Parsons was about to end their relationship when Deakin-White battered her to death in the shower, the court heard.
Police went to their upmarket apartment in Crowder Street, Whitechapel, and found Ms Parsons lying in a pool of her own blood in the bath inside the fifth-floor flat.
She was pronounced dead at the scene and a post-mortem exam revealed she had been struck several times with severe force.
The killer has admitted manslaughter but denies murder.
Deakin-White sat in the dock supported by his parents in the public gallery at Snaresbrook Crown Court.