CHILLING texts have revealed how Katie Kenyon’s sick killer tried to cover up her axe murder before hiding her body in the woods.
Andrew Burfield, 51, today dramatically changed his plea on the third day of his trial – admitting he had killed the mum-of-two.
Katie Kenyon was found dead earlier this year – in a grave dug just for herCredit: SWNS
Andrew Burfield, Katie’s former boyfriend, today admitted he had killed the mum-of-twoCredit: SWNS
Burfield used Katie’s phone to text her loved ones and cover up his crime
It was a shocking move as Burfield had denied murdering his former girlfriend since the beginning – and even desperately trying to hide what he’d done.
After striking Katie 12 times with an axe the killer used her phone to try convince loved ones she was still alive – but that they wouldn’t see her as she was going away.
He messaged the people closest to the 33-year-old – her mum and children.
Burfield also texted himself as part of the cover-up – then used his own phone to send Katie voice notes, begging for her to phone him.
During his trial the Preston Crown Court heard: “Here is a man trying to cover his tracks.”
The killer used the exact phone Katie had messaged her mother just weeks before her death, telling her mum she feared for her life.
She wrote: “I’m paranoid to death hes ganna do summert… couldn’t sleepall night xxxx [sic]”.
Just weeks later was the last time she was seen alive – at McDonald’s with Burfield.
On the morning of April 22, around 9am, Katie made her final phone call.
Everything after that was Burfield – this is what he sent.
Just after noon that day Katie’s daughter received a message from her beloved mum.
It read: “I love you, I’m sorry. Your dad will be looking after you for a wile.”
‘Wile’ was said to be the way Burfield spelled while.
A message was also sent to Katie’s son, saying: “Hey dude, I love you, sorry.”
Katie’s mum’s phone also pinged a message.
It read: “This is the bravest thing I’ve ever had to do, I need to find some peace and sort my mind out.
“So with the 6k Andy gave me to pay the dept off Im being free for a wile until I figure all this s*** out.”
A message was also sent from Katie’s phone to Burfield’s, reading: “I want you to know I’m truly sorry for everything.”
Katie’s phone was then permanently disconnected – it was never recovered.
But Burfield continued with the charade, leaving a voice note for Katie via WhatsApp, telling her he was worried.
His voice note said: “Just ring me whenever you can. It doesn’t have to be like this babz.”
Burfield then messaged Katie’s son on Instagram.
He told the boy he had a message from Katie, asking him to look after the dog while she was away.
But Burfield’s cover-up couldn’t fool him – Katie’s son asked if everything was OK and offered to visit.
By 5pm, the rest of her family were becoming concerned.
Dawn, Katie’s mum, messaged her sister saying: “Katie’s walked out on the kids.”
Fourty-eight hours later Burfield was arrested on suspicion of kidnap, but tragically the man had committed a worse crime.
Along with striking Katie with an axe 12 times, he buried her body in a grave he’d dug the day before her death.
Burfield had consistently denied knowing where Katie was, despite being quizzed by cops four times.
He even claimed Katie had booked a “treatment thing” – referring to rehab.
But in his penultimate interview, two days before Katie’s body was found, there was a “revelation” and his version of events changed.
Burfield claimed he had taken Katie to Gisburn Forest for a picnic and she had “bet” him he could not hit her can of Coke with his axe.
He told the cops: “I went for the tree at the side of her and it, it hit her in (her) head.
“I just sat there with her in my arms, covered in blood. Honest to God, it was like something from a film”.
The killer said she been hit with the back of the axe and she had no other injuries – but a post mortem revealed otherwise.
She had died from severe head injuries with multiple fractures – and been hit 12 times with an axe.
Katie was farewelled in a celebration of her life in May, where about 200 mourners came to pay their respects.
They all wore purple – the mum’s favourite colour.
Burfield’s trial started on Monday and the details of the pair’s toxic relationship was laid bare.
The couple first got together in July 2019 but the relationship had soured before Katie’s death.
She had applied for a non molestation order against Burfield, who claimed she owed him £6,000.
Today the Burnley and Padiham Police said they will continue to fight domestic violence in a heart-breaking tribute to Katie.
They said: “Katie was a happy, much-loved mother, sister and daughter who was murdered by someone she should have been able to trust.
“As a force we will continue to prioritise violence against women and girls, to target those who prey on them and to make our communities safe for all.”
Burfield is due to be sentenced tomorrow at 10.30am.