WORLD – The former soldier ex-lover of a nurse who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent has admitted stabbing her to death, but denies murdering her, claiming he was mentally ill at the time.
Desmond Sylva, 40, admitted killing his 31-year-old partner, Simonne Kerr, who was knifed in the neck in her Battersea home on August 15 last year.
Police were called to the south west London address shortly before 12.40pm and Ms Kerr was pronounced dead at the scene despite paramedics battling to save her.
A blood-stained knife was later recovered from the kitchen sink. Sylva, who lived in the same address in Grayshott Road, appeared at the Old Bailey today where he denied murder, but admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Ms Kerr appeared on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent as part of the choir ‘B Positive’ which was formed by NHS nurses and doctors to raise awareness for blood donations.
The group left judges Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon to tears with their rendition of the single ‘Rise Up’ last year.