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Boyfriend kills pregnant former girlfriend because she canceled his tax credits

By Mason White 6:50 PM March 6, 2016
Isobel Becky Parker 

By: Mahesh Sarin
A man was arrested on a charge of murder after allegedly killing his former girlfriend because she canceled his tax credits, police in the United Kingdom said.

Essex police said that they have arrested 23-year-old Matthew Smith, after being accused of killing 23-year-old Isobel Becky Parker, who was pregnant.

Smith was charged with one count of murder.

According to the police investigation, Smith wrapped wire around Parker’s neck after discovering that his tax credits had stopped.

Parker’s sister Sarah, 18, discovered the dead body in the bathtub of her home. Sarah told investigators that she received a text from Smith, saying that by the time she gets to her sister it will be too late.

Parker left Smith about six months before her death. Smith was devastated and had even tried to commit suicide.

Two weeks before her death, Parker contacted the tax department to report a change in circumstances in the house, saying that Smith was no longer living with her.

As a result, it was estimated that Smith had been overpaid by more than 1,500 pounds ($2,135). He was ordered to repay the amount.

Smith snapped and killed Parker.