Essex

Pregnant mum Isobel Parker 'strangled with cable ties'

Isobel "Becky" Parker Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Isobel Parker, who was known as Becky, was found lying dead in the bath in her flat last July

A young mother who was six months pregnant was strangled to death with cable ties, a court has heard.

Isobel Parker, who was known as Becky, was found lying dead in the bath in her Burnham-on-Crouch flat last July.

At Chelmsford Crown Court her former partner, Matthew Smith, accepts he killed her but denies murder.

The 23-year-old factory worker was "unhappy" and "very jealous" that she was pregnant by her new boyfriend, the jury was told.

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Mother-of-two Ms Parker, who was also 23, ended their six-year relationship in December 2014.

Smith, from Maldon, took the split badly and tried to kill himself, the court was told.

On 17 July, Ms Parker's sister went round to her flat in Booth Place and found her sitting up in the bath with cable ties around her neck.

She tried to revive her but could not find a pulse and paramedics later pronounced her dead, the court was told.

The trial is expected to last for two weeks.

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