Cambridge Man Gets Life

23 November 2010, 10:30 | Updated: 23 November 2010, 16:21

A man from Cambridge, who stabbed his pregnant ex-girlfriend to death, has been sentenced to life in jail.

47 year old Lloyd Bartley [pictured - right] was convicted of murdering Penny Taylor, who was 32, yesterday.

Today, he was sentenced to life in prison at Cambridge Crown Court.

He has been told he will serve at least 20 years.

Cambridge Crown Court heard how he stabbed her 17 times with a kitchen knife back in April, because he was jealous that she was pregnant with another man's child.

Miss Taylor was letting Bartley stay at her flat in Fanshawe Road after he had been released from a two year prison sentence for supplying crack cocaine.

This allowed Bartley to spend time with the couple's two children.

However, shortly before 7am on the 8th April, Bartley discovered an email from Miss Taylor to another man.

He then stabbed her to death, before calling the emergency services and Miss Taylor's mother.

She was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital but died from her injuries.

Bartley denied murdering Miss Taylor, and claimed she had turned the knife on herself.

Detective Chief Inspector George Barr, who led the investigation, said: "While Lloyd Bartley was in prison, Penny had regained her confidence and her family had noticed a dramatic change in her.

But Bartley was a very controlling individual and could not stand the thought of her moving on without him.

When he found out she was in contact with another man, Bartley launched a frenzied attack on her.

While her family will take some comfort from the fact Bartley has now been brought to justice, they will have to live with the consequences of his actions for the rest of their lives."