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Man kills the mother of his child because she asked him for child support

By Alexis Bell 12:01 PM December 5, 2017
Mark Morris and Emma Day

A man killed his former partner after she refused to cancel a court petition in which she was seeking child support payments, according to police in the United Kingdom.

London police said that they have arrested 39-year-old Mark Morris after being accused of killing 33-year-old Emma Day.

Morris of Cranbrook Road, Thornton Heath, was sentenced to life in prison and will not be eligible for parole for 21 years.

Morris pleaded guilty to murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

According to the police investigation, Morris was in a relationship with Day for 8 years and they had a daughter together.

Day also had an older son from a previous relationship.

Following their separation, both children went to live with Day.

Shortly before her murder, Day had sought Child Support Agency payments from Morris for their daughter.

Morris was not happy with this request and he decided to kill her.

One day, Day called a lifelong friend and asked her if she could accompany her home.

She explained that Morris had visited her and that he had made her feel nervous because he was so unpredictable.

The friend agreed and met Day and her two children five minutes later in Gipsy Road, West Norwood.

The four started to walk home, and a short while later, Morris emerged from an alleyway and approached them.

Morris begged Day not to make him pay child support, saying he was in a lot of debt, and if he had to pay it, he would be left homeless.

However, Day was adamant that he would pay it.

This resulted in Morris, who was under the influence of alcohol, directing verbal insults at Day.

It was at this point that Day’s friend decided to send the children away because Morris was being aggressive and agitated and she was worried he was going to hit her.

The children then left the scene, leaving Morris, Day, and her friend.

Morris continued to be aggressive to Day, who eventually said that nothing was being resolved between them and she needed to leave.

Day and her friend left and started walking up the hill.

Morris then dropped his bag to the floor and ran towards Day with a knife in his hand before stabbing her.

Day’s friend rushed to her defense and tried to fight Morris off, but he continued to stab her.

The friend eventually managed to get Morris off, and he ran down the hill.

She then called for help.

The police were called by the London Ambulance Service on reports of a woman stabbed on the street in Eylewood Road.

Police officers and London’s Air Ambulance service responded to the scene, and Day was pronounced dead.

Officers searched the area, finding a bag with a number of items inside belonging to Morris, including correspondence from the Child Maintenance Service.

The murder weapon was also recovered nearby.

Morris’ mother arrived at the crime scene and told officers her son had called and told her he had done what he said he was going to do, kill Emma.