Eddy Grant's niece was told 'I hope you suffer and die' by evil ex in chilling voice note before he killed her in blaze

THE niece of singer Eddy Grant was told to "suffer and die" by her evil ex in a chilling voice note before he killed her in a blaze.

Damion Simmons, 45, posted sexual photographs of Denise Keane-Simmons, 36, before he broke into her house in Harlseden, North West London, and set it on fire in April last year.


Cowardly Simmons was captured on CCTV buying a can of petrol from a petrol station before boarding a bus to Mrs Keane-Simmons' home.

On his walk to the property, he left her a chilling voice note saying: "I hope you suffer and die just like how I suffer and die before you go.

"I really hope you suffer and die."

Mrs Keane-Simmons – a teaching assistant – was found on her bedroom floor with severe burns and was rushed to hospital, where she later died.

Police discovered that Simmons had poured petrol directly onto her head and upper body after breaking into her home through a smashed window.

Simmons was today found guilty of murder and arson with intent to endanger life and will be sentenced on September 22.

He had earlier planted a covert camera in a lightbulb in teaching assistant Mrs Keane-Simmons' bedroom.

"Selfish and reckless"

On the night of the attack, Simmons used a panel of wood to smash a glass window before climbing into the property.

The devastating fire started a short time later and firefighters rushed to the scene.

A friend staying with Denise was able to jump out of her window to safety.

Simmons also escaped the house and was found laying in the garden beneath a bathroom window suffering from minor burns.

He will return to the Old Bailey for sentencing on September 22.

Met Police Detective Chief Inspector Neil John said: "My thoughts remain with Denise's family and friends and I hope today's outcome can offer them some degree of comfort, knowing that her killer has been brought to justice.

"Denise was clearly loved by all, and this tragic incident has affected many people far and wide.

"The actions of Damion Simmons that night were calculated, and the jury have come to the conclusion that he set out that night, not to kill himself as he claimed, but to kill Denise.

"His actions were both selfish and reckless.

"He cruelly took away Denise's future and could have easily caused serious harm to the other woman inside the property and adjoining households.

"This type of behaviour unfortunately epitomises extreme domestic violence and I would urge anyone who feels they may be in such a relationship to contact the police or our partners who will be able to take positive action and provide the necessary support and advice."






HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected].

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available every day from 10am-6pm.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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