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Jealous Murderer of Joy Boulton in Ash Is Jailed For 26 Years

Published on: 4 Dec, 2023
Updated on: 4 Dec, 2023

The victim Joy Boulton – ‘a very caring person’

The Ash woman who attacked and killed her love rival in a jealous rage will spend the next 26 years behind bars after she was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court today (December 4).

Sara McKenzie, 62, of Fairview Road, was found guilty of the murder of 59-year-old Joy Boulton at Joy’s home in Church View, Ash, on May 11, 2023.

McKenzie was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice following her five-week trial at Guildford Crown Court.

Paying tribute to Joy, her family said: “We are deeply devastated by this senseless act of violence which has changed our lives forever.

“Joy was a very caring person who was always ready to help other people whenever she could despite having many health and mobility problems herself. She fought many health problems over the years but always battled on.”

They added: “She will be forever missed and always loved. May she rest in peace.”

During the trial, the court heard how McKenzie had previously been in a long-term relationship with Joy’s fiancé, Trevor Dibnah. McKenzie had made efforts to rekindle their relationship and accused Trevor of breaking her heart, but he told her he was not going to leave Joy.

Unable to cope, McKenzie went to Joy’s house with the sole intention of killing her, striking her multiple times in a sustained and ferocious attack with a heavy object, which left her with catastrophic, fatal head injuries.

Joy’s final act was to scratch McKenzie’s face, which proved critical in proving McKenzie was responsible after her DNA was discovered under Joy’s fingernails.

The killer Sara McKenzie. She tried to conceal her crime

McKenzie, a fan of murder mysteries, realised the police had a record of her DNA and constructed an elaborate cover-up to explain why her DNA would be found under Joy’s fingernails.

She claimed she had been the victim of a robbery earlier that day, during which the female suspect had scratched her and grabbed a handful of her hair. McKenzie told police that she thought the woman had been after her DNA and tried to suggest that the same woman had also attacked Joy.

After attacking Joy, McKenzie tried to conceal her crime, disposing of the clothing she had worn and the weapon used. She had a bath to remove any trace of blood and cleaned it up afterwards. Forensic scientists were able to locate traces of Joy’s blood in McKenzie’s bath using luminol, a substance that can identify a trace of blood that has been diluted 10,000 times.

McKenzie showed absolutely no remorse, went to work as normal and even visited the petrol station to fill up her car. She was later captured on police body-worn footage at the scene of the murder chatting with no apparent concern for Joy.

Detective Chief Inspector Kimball Edey, from the Surrey and Sussex Police Major Crime Team, who investigated the case, said: “Firstly, I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of Joy Boulton whose loss cannot be underestimated. They have been left devastated by Joy’s death.

“McKenzie’s motive for killing Joy was simple – she wanted what Joy had. McKenzie has a previous history of jealous behaviour including, although it was never proved, burning down a shed containing Trevor’s belongings after finding out he had got engaged to Joy.

“McKenzie went to Joy’s that morning with the sole intention of killing her so that she could get Trevor back. The rage and brutality McKenzie used when she attacked Joy cannot be overstated – sadly, Joy never stood a chance.”

See also: How Ash Murder Victim Helped to Convict Her Jealous Killer


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