Man who attacked and killed his partner at neighbour’s house convicted of murder

A man from Margate has been convicted of his partner’s murder after an investigation by Kent and Essex police.

Thomas Allen, 38, stabbed Samantha Murphy, 37, at a neighbour’s house after kicking a hole through the door of the property on Saturday 16 July 2022.

Mr Allen was arrested around two hours later, but Ms Murphy tragically died at the scene.

Thomas Allen was convicted of murder following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court, to be sentenced at a later date.

Detective Inspector Lee Neiles of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “Thomas Allen’s violent actions have deprived Ms Murphy’s family of a loving presence in their lives and I would like to express my sincere condolences to them.”

“I am pleased the actions of attending officers at the scene led to Allen’s quick arrest and that the subsequent investigation has led to him being convicted of murder.”

“I urge anyone suffering abuse or violence at the hands of a partner, or someone they know, to contact police as soon as possible. We will take action to keep you safe and hold those who might harm you to account.”