Boyfriend Jailed For Theale Woman's Murder

13 March 2019, 15:16

Kylie Dembrey murder victim Theale

A man's been jailed for life for murdering his girlfriend in Theale.

Mark Sinclair, aged 31, of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court today (13/3) to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 21 years.

He was convicted of murder following a trial at Reading Crown Court. He was found guilty by unanimous jury.

On 6 September last year, at around 12.50am Sinclair made a call to police stating that he had killed his girlfriend Kylie Dembrey at her home in Blossom Lane, Theale.

Officers found Kylie with significant stab wounds to her neck and chest. She was pronounced dead following sustained attempts to revive her.

Sinclair was arrested at the scene and later charged with one count of murder.

Detective Inspector Dejan Avramovic from Thames Valley Police, said: 

“This was a horrific incident which saw Sinclair attack Kylie in her own home.

“Sinclair subjected Kylie to a vicious assault, which left her with fatal injuries.

“He then contacted police to say that he had killed Kylie and remained on scene and was arrested.

“Kylie and Sinclair were in an established relationship that was not without its issues, but Kylie should have been safe in her own home. Sadly, this proved not to be the case and tragically once again violence within a domestic setting has led to the loss of a life.

“Sinclair sought to use the partial defence of diminished responsibility citing mental health issues as a substantial contributing factor for his actions, but the jury have dismissed this and found that he strangled and then stabbed Kylie in an attack fuelled by rage.

“Although Sinclair has now been brought to justice, this callous and unprovoked attack had significant impacts not only on Kylie’s family and also on the local community. I would like to re-assure the local community of Theale that this incident, while terrible was very much in isolation.

“Sinclair was arrested at the scene of the incident and there was no wider threat to the local community.

"And to Kylie’s family I would say this; you have had the ordeal of hearing in court graphic details of this violent crime, and I would like to thank them all for their bravery and their dignity throughout our investigation.

“I hope that this conviction will bring some peace to Kylie’s family and that they can move on with their lives.

“I would like to ask that the privacy of Kylie’s family and friends is respected at this difficult time while they continue to come to terms with the outcome of this case.

“Sinclair will now serve a lengthy term of imprisonment for this crime, and I hope that Kylie’s family will get some form of closure.”

In a statement, Kylie's family said:

“We continue to grieve the loss of Kylie who was taken from us on the 6th of September 2018.

“Kylie, whilst petite had a big personality. She made an impression on everyone she met.

“Kylie was the only person who constantly loved and supported her partner no matter how badly he treated her. She felt bonded to him by the children they had together.

“He repaid this kindness by killing her. Our message is this, to anyone who finds themselves in a domestically abusive situation, please, seek help.

“Our friends and family will miss her smile, her laugh, her presence. We will treasure the memories we have of her. Our world will be a quieter, sadder place without her.

“We are grateful that justice has been served.”