The abusive husband who killed his estranged wife in a house fire was found guilty of her murder.
Damion Simmons, 45, beat Dennis Keene Simmons, 36, with petrol last April and set fire to her home in Harlesden, northwest London.
The pair had been married since 2019, but their relationship broke down and Simmons launched a campaign of abuse and distress against his former partner in the months leading up to her death.
An Old Bailey jury heard how Simmons posted a naked photo of Dr. Keane on Instagram hours before her death.
She reported the image to the police, who went to her address after midnight on April 16 and received a statement from her.
They stayed for about an hour and took care of Ms. Keane Simmons, a friend who was staying at the property.
During this time, Simmons bought a can of petrol from Hornsey Rise’s fuel station, was captured by CCTV, and then took a bus to Harlesden, hiding near Dr. Keane’s house.
Another camera used a wooden panel to break a glass window and climbed into the premises after catching him pouring petrol into his house from a letterbox after 2 am.
After a while, the fire started and began to tear through the house, police said.
Firefighters found Dr. Keane-Simmons seriously injured in the bedroom upstairs.
She was taken to the hospital but later sentenced to death.
Postmortem examination revealed the cause of her death as severe burns and inhalation of smoke. Further analysis suggested that Simmons poured gasoline into her body.
A woman in her 60s, a friend of Dr. Keane, was sleeping on the premises and was able to safely jump out of the bedroom window. Fortunately, she wasn’t seriously injured.
Simmons was found lying in the yard under the bathroom window. He is also believed to have jumped from the property.
He was arrested on the scene, slightly injured and taken to the hospital before being detained.
Simmons, whose address has not been decided, told officers and various doctors that he intended to hurt himself only when the fire started.
However, he was convicted of murder and arson on August 31 with the intention of endangering his life in Old Bailey.
He will be sentenced to the same court on September 22nd.
Inspector Morse Neil John of the Metropolitan Police Department said: Dennis is clearly loved by everyone, and this tragic event has had widespread impact on many.
“Damion Simmons’ actions that night were calculated, and the jury came to the conclusion that he left for the night to kill Dennis, rather than committing suicide as he claimed.
“His actions were selfish and reckless. He brutally robbed Dennis of the future and could cause serious harm to other women on the premises and in adjacent households.
“Unfortunately, this type of behavior is typical of extreme domestic violence, and anyone who feels in such a relationship can take positive action and provide the necessary support and advice to the police or. We encourage you to contact your partner. “
Police referred to the Independent Police Complaints Committee in connection with contact with the police before the victim died.