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Man who killed ex with hockey stick in front of kids jailed

MURDERED: Nicola McKenzie (right)

A MAN who hit his ex-partner across the head with a hockey stick like "an axe" and killed her during a heated argument in front of their children has been jailed for life.

On Tuesday (Mar 17), Oral David Bryan from Manchester’s Moss Side was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to life imprisonment and will serve a minimum of 20 years for the brutal murder of 37-year-old Nicola McKenzie.

On September 17 last year, a heated argument broke out outside Bryan's home between McKenzie and another woman whom Bryan has two children with.

Seeing this unfold, the 44-year-old retrieved a hockey stick from his house and walked towards the two women before he raised the stick with both hands high in the air and swung it down in an axe-like motion and struck the top of the victims head.

KILLER: Oral Bryan has been sentenced to life

McKenzie immediately lost consciousness and fell to the ground, banging her head on the road in the process.

With blood pouring from her head, Bryan attempted to lift his ex-girlfriend off the ground before letting her drop which resulted in her banging her head again.

With his victim lying unconscious in the street, Bryan ran away from the scene but was arrested nearby a short time later.

The whole incident was witnessed by the former couple’s two children as well as Bryan’s other two children from a different relationship and another ex-partners child.

McKenzie, mother to daughter Teja and son Amahri, was rushed to Hope Hospital after the attack and underwent emergency surgery, but died two days later when medics turned off her life support machine.

Post-mortem tests showed that she died as the result of a head injury.

McKenzie and the children were living with her mother, Veronica Fiddler at the time. Her mother, 62, and father Erol McKenzie, 60, were by her side in the hospital.

Fiddler told the Mail Online: “Nicola was quiet and lovely and kind. She was completely dedicated to her children. She hardly ever went out without them, they were her life."

Senior investigating officer Duncan Thorpe said: “This was a tragic incident where the life of a woman was sadly cut short in brutal fashion by a man she was once close to.

“Oral David Bryan showed absolutely no concern about his victim and the only intention in his mind when he retrieved the hockey stick from his house was to cause serious harm."

Thorpe continued: “His lack of concern was further exemplified when he fled the scene to try and save himself rather than get medical attention for Nicola.

“I know the sentence passed here today won’t bring her back or even begin to make up for their loss but I hope it will offer Nicola’s family some closure and my thoughts are with them.”

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