A man who subjected his ex-wife to a campaign of harassment before callously murdering her has been jailed.
Martin Cavanagh, 35 (09.04.83), of Chatterton Road, Bromley, was sentenced on Monday, 10 December to 16 years’ imprisonment for the murder of 31-year-old Sophie Cavanagh, the mother of his two children.
He was found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey on Friday, 7 December.
The court heard that Cavanagh had been in a relationship with Sophie for ten years but they had been living apart for around two years prior to the murder. The pair had stayed in touch but had a fractious relationship.
On the evening of Saturday, 19 May, they spent the day with their children before visiting a pub and returning to Cavanagh’s address.
The following morning, he attended his mother’s address and asked her to look after his two children before leaving the property.
When she could not get in touch with him later that day, two friends entered the house to check on his whereabouts and found Sophie’s body on a makeshift bed.
A post-mortem examination confirmed the cause of death as compression of the neck.
Following a media appeal, Cavanagh attended Bromley police station on Thursday, 24 May where he was arrested on suspicion of murder. He was charged on Monday, 28 May.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vandenbergh, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "This tragic case saw a young woman lose her life to a controlling and abusive man who has now been brought to justice.
"We hope this sentence provides some small comfort to Sophie’s family who continue to live with the horrific consequences of Cavanagh’s actions."