Abigail White, 24, stabbed Bradley Lewis, 22, by stabbing him through the heart on March 25 at her home in Kingswood, near Bristol, UK
At the crime scene White told a neighbor, friends and police that she walked him into their home to find Lewis bleeding on kitchen floor and he told her he’d inflicted the injury himself
Later she recanted her story, but sought to plead manslaughter by reason of diminished capacity
Jury at Bristol Crown Court rejected Abigail Lewis’ defense and found her guilty of murder after 12 hours of deliberations
Although they shared three children Lewis was ending their relationship because, he no longer felt safe with White
She had repeatedly assaulted and stabbed him during the course of their relationship
Lewis was taken to hospital but died hours later from a single stab wound to the chest which penetrated his heart
A jury rejected her defense as she sought to plead manslaughter and found her guilty after 12 hours of deliberation
OnlyFans model Abigail White, 24, was jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years after being found guilty of murdering estranged boyfriend Bradley Lewis, 22, after stabbing him through the heart when he ended their relationship.
However, the victim’s family who are not mollified have described their heartbreak at his loss.
Abigail White had stabbed her live in partner, Bradley Lewis in the arm the day before the murder following a campaign of vicious abuse which included repeated threats to kill him.
Lewis revealed to friends that he felt unsafe with White, who had repeatedly assaulted and stabbed him during the course of their relationship. He wanted end their relationship.
The pair shared three young children.
At her murder trial, the court heard that the OnlyFans model was ‘controlling’ and ‘very violent’ towards her then boyfriend.
On March 25, Lewis who feared for his life around his girlfriend was transported to hospital from the defendant’s home in Kingswood, South Gloucestershire, UK, with a deep chest wound. He died hours later from a single stab wound to his chest.
After the incident, as she was being arrested on suspicion of murder, White told police: ‘I did not stab Bradley’. However, the Bristol City jury rejected her defense and found her guilty after 12 hours of deliberations following a two-week trial
The victim’s disconsolate parents speaking to the media outside court after the verdict, expressed their irreparable sense of loss. His father Steve Lewis said: ‘I do not feel that we have received justice as we have now got a life sentence.
‘Brad’s death has brought so much sadness, not just to his family, but the many people that knew him.
‘Proof of this was shown by the hundreds of people that attended his funeral and events that were arranged in his memory. His popularity has also been shown by the memorials that are on display at various locations in South Gloucestershire.
He said: ‘No parent should ever have to go through what I have suffered. It is the hardest thing I have ever been through in my life.’
I have an ‘an incredible loss deep inside,’ feel ‘completely numb. Emotionally empty,’ Steve Lewis said.
‘I want to tell Abigail White, because of your actions you have taken my special son from me and condemned me to a life sentence of pain and distress,’
‘There is no rest from my grief. I want Abigail White to know I will never forgive her for killing my son and destroying my life.’
His mother, Rachel Hawkins, said: ‘At 4am on 26 March part of my world ended when police attended my house: ‘I will never forgive or forget [White]. Part of me wants her to suffer inside as I do and feel the emptiness and unimaginable loss I feel every single day.’
After being arrested on suspicion of murder, White told police: ‘I did not stab Bradley.’
White, who makes $56,523 [£50,000], in a year working on online streaming platform OnlyFans, denied murder but admitted Lewis’s manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.
A jury at Bristol Crown Court rejected her defense and found her guilty after 12 hours of deliberations following a two-week trial.
The court heard the fatal attack happened during a tumultuous period in White’s life, having lost a baby she was expecting and learning of Lewis’s infidelity.
The jury was told their relationship was strained with Lewis leaving the family home and staying with his mother.
In the days before the incident White had stabbed Lewis in the arm and, on another occasion, he told a friend in a phone call: ‘Help me Sophie, she’s trying to kill me, she’s trying to stab me, she keeps beating me up, she’s hurting me.’
On the day of the attack, Lewis had been at a park with White and another family and he had told her: ‘I don’t want to be with you any more Abi.’
Later they went to pub. White got into arguments with other bar patrons after drinking a bottle of wine, a Jagerbomb, two rum and cokes, and doing a small amount of cocaine.
Sentencing White to life in jail with a minimum of 18 years, Justice Peter Donald Fraser told her: ‘No sentence this court can assign will ever bring Bradly Lewis back.
‘He told you he wanted to leave you.
‘Not only will your three children grow up without a father, but they will grow up knowing their mother murdered their father.
‘The court heard victim personal statements and Bradley has obviously left an enormous void in all their lives.
‘They all spoke of how popular, friendly and caring he was.
‘It was his misfortune he was in a relationship with you because you are a controlling person and you are also very violent – you had stabbed him on previous occasions.
‘You threatened to kill him regularly and he told friends he was scared of you and wanted to leave you.’ The judge noted that White previously had also threatened to kill Lewis and other people he loved. Indeed she had also previously stabbed him in the leg and arm.’This was all in an attempt to control him,’ the judge added.
He noted that voice notes which White had recorded for friends ‘make for chilling reading,’ as admonished her: ‘You demanded almost constant attention. Messages show when he did not do what you wanted you became increasingly volatile.’
The judge dismissing defense argument told White that on the the afternoon of the killing, Lewis ‘may have made the decision to break up with you.’
‘You relationship was described by various witnesses as toxic. I would add to that it was highly volatile and violent,’ he added.
‘In my judgement, at the time you stabbed him you did intend to kill him – you had threatened to do this many times.
‘Your evidence you only wanted to shock him was not credible.’
Victim impact statements were read out on behalf of both Bradley’s parents before sentencing.
Bradley Lewis was fatally injured minutes after leaving a pub with White on the evening of March 25, 2022.
The autopsy report stated that Lewis suffered a single stab wound, at least 7cm deep, to the chest which had penetrated his heart.
A neighbor heard her screaming and dialed the police emergency line . White told her that when she entered the house, Lewis was bleeding on the kitchen floor, adding that she claimed Lewis told her he stabbed himself.
White continued with the lies prosecutors said, phoning a friend with her story. She also told responding officers that Lewis harmed himself. All of which she later recanted, pleading guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.
White denied murdering Lewis. Instead, she was willing to admit to the lesser charge of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.
She claimed she only wanted to ‘shock and scare’ Lewis as they argued because she felt he had not stuck up for her during the row in the pub: ‘We were arguing, and he was pushing me and were in the hallway. I went into the kitchen, and I seen the knife on the side,’ White said.
I ‘Picked it up and walked back towards Brad. I went over to him to shock him, to scare him with the knife and before I knew it, I had stabbed him,’ White claimed, while denying that she had intended to hurt Lewis telling the jury.
‘No, I didn’t. It was just over before I even thought.
‘I picked up that knife in anger and upset but I didn’t want to hurt him or kill him.’
Admitting to lying about stabbing her partner White told the court she was trying to protect herself: ‘I was scared. I was worried about what was going to happen to me, to Brad and the family,’ she said.
‘Just wish I had told the truth from the beginning.’
Forensic psychiatrist, John Sandford, told the court the defendant has a personality disorder, but was ‘aware of what she was doing’ around the time of the attack.
‘What’s the root cause of this offense?’ he told the jury. ‘In my opinion it is the dysfunctional relationship from which it arose.’