Jealous Rage Turned Deadly: Sara McKenzie Convicted in Murder of Love Rival Joy Boulton


In a chilling tale of jealousy and fatal consequences, Sara McKenzie, a self-professed murder mystery fan, has been convicted of the brutal murder of her love rival, Joy Boulton.

The courtroom drama unfolded as McKenzie’s elaborate cover-up unraveled, exposing the dark motives behind the tragic incident in Ash, Surrey.

The Love Triangle:

Guildford Crown Court heard that McKenzie, 61, had a history of a long-term relationship with Trevor Dibnah, the fiancé of her victim, Joy Boulton. Accusing Mr. Dibnah of breaking her heart, McKenzie’s efforts to rekindle their relationship were met with rejection.

Unable to cope with the rejection, she resorted to a violent plan, targeting Boulton with the intention of reclaiming what she believed was rightfully hers.

The Murder:

McKenzie executed a sustained and ferocious attack on Boulton, inflicting catastrophic head injuries with a heavy object.

Boulton’s brave final act was to scratch McKenzie’s face, a crucial piece of evidence that later led to the killer’s conviction when her DNA was discovered under the victim’s fingernails.

Elaborate Cover-Up:

To conceal her crime, McKenzie disposed of the clothing worn during the attack and the murder weapon. She took further steps, including having a bath to remove any trace of blood and cleaning the crime scene.

Forensic scientists, however, utilized luminol to detect traces of Boulton’s blood in McKenzie’s bath, ultimately dismantling the murderer’s attempts at evasion.

Lack of Remorse:

In a shocking display of indifference, McKenzie, after the murder, proceeded with her daily routine, going to work and filling up her car at a petrol station.

Police body-worn footage captured her at the crime scene, chatting with no apparent concern for the victim, showcasing a chilling lack of remorse.

Verdict and Sentencing:

After a five-week trial, McKenzie broke down in tears as she was found guilty of murder and perverting the course of justice. Detective Chief Inspector Kimball Edey from the Surrey and Sussex Police Major Crime Team expressed condolences to Joy Boulton’s family, emphasizing the team’s commitment to bringing those responsible for such violence to justice.

Tribute to Joy Boulton:

Boulton’s family, devastated by the senseless act of violence, paid tribute to Joy, describing her as a caring person who battled health problems with resilience. They expressed deep sorrow and everlasting love for Joy, concluding with a heartfelt wish for her to rest in peace.


As McKenzie awaits sentencing at Guildford Crown Court, the courtroom revelations shed light on a tragic love triangle that escalated into a brutal crime.

The conviction stands as a testament to the relentless pursuit of justice and serves as a somber reminder of the devastating consequences of unchecked jealousy and violence in our communities.

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