A lawyer named Renata Poncova was pushed from an eight-floor bedroom window by her ‘discouraged’ boyfriend, who then sprang to his death in a horrific murder-suicide.
Tech developer Tony Taylor, 33, threw Renata Poncova out of the window at their flat after falling into a ‘spiral of depression’ when he lost his job.
Miss Poncova had been hit in the face before being murdered by Mr. Taylor following an argument in the bedroom of their home in Southwark, south London.
Her blood was found spattered across the bedroom furniture, on the wall, and dripping from the window frame.
Hand and fingerprints suggest Mr. Taylor had pushed open the window as wide as possible and beyond the safety tool, as she desperately stuck onto the frame.
Neighbors reported hearing screams from the tower block shortly before midnight.
A woman living in the apartment below said she was woken up at around 11 pm by what sounded like a woman being attacked.
Police had to remove the front door of their south London apartment, which had been dead-locked from the inside.
Miss Poncova had been desperately trying to help Mr. Taylor the day before their death, who was having suicidal thoughts following a history of mental health issues.
She and a friend called 111 just after lunchtime to relay his ‘psychic distress,’, and Miss Poncova managed to take him to A&E for an emergency consultation.
But the couple, who were seen holding hands at the hospital, left before speaking to staff and nearly crashed on the way home when a fight broke out in the car.
Miss Poncova called mental health services via 111 for a second time that evening, from the flat, and was referred to King’s College Hospital, but did not manage to leave the apartment.
A text from Miss Poncova to a friend read: ‘We didn’t get there. He starts fighting with me, we nearly crashed.
‘He scared me; he said he needs time.
‘I can’t really push him, he said he’d do something stupid. I hardly got him home, I will try tomorrow.’
A note written by Mr. Taylor was found in the bedroom dressing table after he took his own life.
The detective noted there was a balcony in the apartment, which would have been a more obvious choice had it been a planned suicide.
He added: ‘If pre-planned, there are much more comfortable places to jump.
‘The time leading up to the incident is quite paramount. Mr. Taylor’s mental decline had accelerated.’