Sadistic roofer sentenced to life with a minimum of 27 years for murdering his pregnant girlfriend with scissors and a weight

Sadistic roofer sentenced to life with a minimum of 27 years for murdering his pregnant girlfriend with scissors and a weight

In a shocking and tragic incident, a man who violently murdered his pregnant partner has been sentenced to a minimum of 27 years in prison.

The case reveals details of a horrific crime, exposing not only the brutal nature of the attack but the deeply troubling character of the assailant.

The following sections outline the events and legal proceedings of this case.

The Crime: A Brutal Murder

Liam Taylor, a 37-year-old roofer, took the life of his nearly 23-week pregnant Irish-born girlfriend, Ailish Walsh, by stabbing her over 40 times with scissors and bashing her head with a dumbbell.

The vicious crime occurred in their Hackney, east London flat on December 15 of the previous year.

The Trial: Plea and Sentencing

In April, Taylor confessed to killing Walsh, 28, and Judge Nigel Lickley KC sentenced him to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 27 years, at the Old Bailey.

The judge described the attack as “ferocious, brutal and savage” and went on to call it an “extreme example of domestic abuse.”

He characterized Taylor as a man clearly capable of violence with weapons.

Details of the Attack: Sadistic and Sexual in Nature

The judge also concluded that the attack was both “sadistic” and “sexual,” as Taylor had targeted specific areas of his victim’s body.

Friends and family in court cheered and applauded as the verdict was read, while Taylor held his head in his hands.

Relationship and Circumstances: A Volatile Past

The court learned that Taylor and Walsh had a tumultuous relationship, and Taylor had previous convictions for assaulting female family members.

Taylor was also troubled by Walsh’s latest pregnancy.

The victim’s father found her unconscious and covered in blood, and Taylor, found with drugs and alcohol in his system, was arrested the following morning.

After the Attack: Taylor’s Behavior

Following the attack, Taylor left the flat and went to a pub.

While there, he used Walsh’s phone to send messages pretending to be her.

This chilling detail adds to the picture of a man who carried out a cold and calculated crime.

Victims’ Statements: Emotional Impact

Matthew Perry, Walsh’s ex-husband, described Taylor as “worse than a monster,” while her brother referred to him as a “nasty vile excuse for a human.”

Both spoke to the profound and lifelong scars left by Taylor’s heinous act.


This case brings to light a tragic and unsettling crime, one that shocks the conscience and challenges our understanding of human nature.

The legal proceedings, while leading to a just conclusion, reveal a story that will undoubtedly remain in the minds of those affected for years to come.

The victims’ families must now grapple with a pain that words can scarcely describe, and a community must confront the reality of a monstrous act committed by one of its own.

The sentence, though severe, can never fully address the suffering and loss experienced by those closest to Ailish Walsh.

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