Man admits murdering mother-of-two Katie Kenyon whose body was found in makeshift grave

Katie Kenyon's body was found in a makeshift grave in a forest
Katie Kenyon's body was found in a makeshift grave in a forest

Andrew Burfield, 51, changed his plea to admit the murder of Katie Kenyon, 33, on the third day of his trial at Preston Crown Court

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A man has admitted the murder of a woman whose body was found in a makeshift grave in a forest.

Andrew Burfield, 51, changed his plea to admit the murder of mother-of-two Katie Kenyon, 33, on the third day of his trial at Preston Crown Court.

He was re-arraigned on the charge on Wednesday morning and the jury in the case formally found him guilty.

His trial heard he killed Miss Kenyon, of Padiham, Burnley, on April 22 and buried her body in a grave, which he had dug the day before her death, in the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire.

Artist's impression of Andrew Burfield
Artist's impression of Andrew Burfield

He then sent messages to himself and her children from her phone, the jury was told.

Opening the trial on Monday, David McLachlan KC, prosecuting, told the jury Burfield was arrested following Ms Kenyon’s disappearance and interviewed four times, initially denying any knowledge of her whereabouts.

In his penultimate interview there was a “revelation” and his version of events changed, Mr McLachlan said.

Burfield, of Todmorden Road, Burnley, told police he had taken Miss Kenyon, who he had been in a relationship with since 2019, to Gisburn Forest for a picnic and she had “bet” him he could not hit her can of Coke with his axe.

The court heard he told police: “I went for the tree at the side of her and it, it hit her in (her) head.”

He claimed she had been hit with the back of the axe and she had no other injuries, but the jury heard a post mortem showed she was struck an estimated 12 times.

Andrew Burfield gets in a prison van as he leaves Blackburn Magistrates' Court
Andrew Burfield gets in a prison van as he leaves Blackburn Magistrates' Court

Ms Kenyon’s body was discovered by police on April 29.

Burfield is due to be sentenced on Thursday at 10.30am.