NEWMARKET, Ont. -- Crazed for his next hit of crack cocaine and desperate for money, Paul Kenyon beat his girlfriend Marion Deacon with a baseball bat and left her to die, a court heard Wednesday.
"It was a vicious, savage, barbaric attack," said Crown attorney Gemma Sang during Kenyon's sentencing hearing. "He left her to die alone, face-down on her kitchen floor."
The beaten and charred body of the 46-year-year-old mother of three was found on March 7, 2010, when firefighters responded to a fire that destroyed her home.
It took a jury just four hours last April to find Kenyon, 47, a former Ontario Provincial Police officer, guilty of second-degree murder. He gets an automatic life sentence, and the Crown is asking that he not be allowed to apply for parole for 15 to 18 years.
Kenyon was with the OPP's Parry Sound detachment and later joined the drug enforcement squad in London but resigned for undisclosed reasons in 1991. He then moved to Orillia and later Oshawa, working in various sales jobs. He was in a rocky relationship with Deacon, who repeatedly tried to get him off drugs.
As Deacon lay dying at around midnight, Kenyon tried for hours to access her bank account. In the early morning hours Kenyon ran outside in his boxer shorts to escape the fire. Two family dogs perished in the fire, but it was never proven who started it.
On the witness stand, friends and family members told the court of the caring, kind woman with the twinkle in her eyes and infectious smile.
Her elderly father travelled from Holland for the funeral.
"I came to see my severely mutilated daughter that I could recognize only by her hands," Jacob Deacon told the hushed courtroom. "This has broken me as a father and it has robbed my granddaughters."