Died 5th April 2014.
Kayleigh Palmer (16) of Bishops Cleeve, Gloucestershire died on 5th April 2014 of strangulation. On 2nd April 2014 she was found unconscious in Humber Road, Cheltenham with a scarf around her neck. She died 3 days later in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. She was 5 months pregnant and a year 11 student at Cleeve School.
Kaleigh Palmer’s boyfriend Aston Robinson (18) was arrested and charged with attempted murder. After her death he was charged with murder.
Gloucestershire Constabulary confirmed consideration was being given to the possibility of charges in relation to the death of Kayleigh-Anne’s unborn child.
After her death, a spokesperson for Gloucestershire Constabulary said: “A teenage girl assaulted in Cheltenham on Wednesday has died in hospital in Gloucester. Emergency services were called to a house on Humber Road in the town just after midday. A short while later a 16-year-old girl was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, where she sadly died at around 11am on Saturday.”
Kayleigh was due to sit her GCSEs exams later in the year she died. Rob Broadbridge, Kayleigh’s headmaster at Cleeve School praised her for her “determination, kindness and vibrant personality”. He added: “We’re deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic death of Kayleigh Palmer [and] our thoughts and condolences are with her family, friends and all who knew her at this very sad time.”
She was reported to be thrilled to be expecting a baby. One of Kayleigh’s friends said: “It wasn’t just her that died – she had a new life inside her and she was so looking forward to giving birth and being a mum. It’s a double tragedy for her and her family.”
Kayleigh’s mother Helen Bage said: “Kay was so beautiful inside and out. She was very loving towards family and friends and always remained loyal to us all. You always knew when Kay was around because she had the most wicked sense of humour and always made people laugh. Her personality lit up every room she entered.”
Her father Dean Palmer said: “Kay was my beautiful daughter. She was great company and had a great sense of humour. I was the first to hold her and I’m devastated she won’t ever get the chance to hold her own baby.”
Kayleigh’s grandparents Michael Bage and Carole Bage said: “From the moment our grand-daughter Kay was born, we were privileged to be a part of her life. We gave her our unconditional love and in return she gave us so much more. Both she and her friends filled our home for many years with fun and laughter but sadly this can be no longer. Kay was so beautiful inside and out.” They added “Thankfully, nothing is more precious than all the memories we hold dear of our beautiful Kay who was so very special to us. We loved you so much Kay and you will always be in our hearts.”
After her death a friend Jodie Preedy (16) said: “Kay was a beautiful girl. Words can’t describe how devastated I am. My thoughts go out to her family and friends at this sad time. She was so innocent and didn’t deserve any of this. She will be dearly missed.”
Chairman of Bishop’s Cleeve Parish Council, Peter Lightfoot, said: “We are all shocked that something like this can happen and want to express our sympathy to her friends, family and the school at what is a really difficult time. It is particularly tragic when something like this happens to someone so young, who has their whole life ahead of them. The school is a really important part of the community for the council and we are thinking of them at this difficult time.”
CPS District Crown Prosecutor Allie Longhorn said: “Having examined the file of evidence presented to us by Gloucestershire Constabulary, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge Aston Robinson with the murder of Kayleigh Palmer and that it is in the public interest to do so. Aston Robinson now stands charged with an extremely serious criminal offences and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be published which could prejudice that trial.”
The case was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission by the force, because there had been previous contact between Kayleigh and the police.
Police continue to investigate and are appealing for anybody with information to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Note: This report was drawn from reports in the Daily Mail and Gloucestershire Echo.