Former soldier, 40, pleads guilty to killing nurse ex-lover, 31

A former soldier has pleaded guilty to killing a nurse who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in an NHS choir.

Desmond Sylva, 40, pleaded guilty to stabbing 31-year-old Simonne Kerr to death in her home in Battersea, south-west London.

Police were called shortly before 12.40pm to the Victorian terrace but she was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics. 

Police take the body of Simonne Kerr from her home in Battersea, south-west London. Desmond Sylva today appeared at the Old Bailey and pleaded guilty to killing her

Police take the body of Simonne Kerr from her home in Battersea, south-west London. Desmond Sylva today appeared at the Old Bailey and pleaded guilty to killing her

Police take the body of Simonne Kerr from her home in Battersea, south-west London. Desmond Sylva today appeared at the Old Bailey and pleaded guilty to killing her

Simonne Kerr, pictured with her son Kavele, who died in 2015 from complications related to sickle cell disease, was killed by her ex-lover former soldier Desmond Sylva, 40

Simonne Kerr, pictured with her son Kavele, who died in 2015 from complications related to sickle cell disease, was killed by her ex-lover former soldier Desmond Sylva, 40

Simonne Kerr, pictured with her son Kavele, who died in 2015 from complications related to sickle cell disease, was killed by her ex-lover former soldier Desmond Sylva, 40

Pictured: Forensics officers enter the home of Simonne Kerr who was stabbed to death in her own home 

Pictured: Forensics officers enter the home of Simonne Kerr who was stabbed to death in her own home 

Pictured: Forensics officers enter the home of Simonne Kerr who was stabbed to death in her own home 

Police investigate at the home of Simonne Kerr, the Britain's Got Talent singer who was knifed in her own home 

Police investigate at the home of Simonne Kerr, the Britain's Got Talent singer who was knifed in her own home 

Police investigate at the home of Simonne Kerr, the Britain’s Got Talent singer who was knifed in her own home 

Ms Kerr wowed audiences on ITV after appearing on Britain’s Got Talent as part of the NHS choir B Positive, created to raise awareness for blood donations.

The group of NHS nurses and doctors left BGT judges Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon in tears earlier this year with their powerful rendition of the single Rise Up.

A spokeswoman from NHS Blood and Transplant said at the time of her death: ‘Our thoughts and condolences are with Simonne’s family at this tragic time.

‘She was a valued and respected member of the B Positive choir who was passionate about the lifesaving power of blood donation following the loss of her son.

Officers stand guard at the crime scene with a cordon in place following the death of Simonne Kerr whose alleged killer faced court today 

Officers stand guard at the crime scene with a cordon in place following the death of Simonne Kerr whose alleged killer faced court today 

Officers stand guard at the crime scene with a cordon in place following the death of Simonne Kerr whose alleged killer faced court today 

An ambulance is pictured at the scene after Simonne Kerr was stabbed to death at home in Battersea, south-west London 

An ambulance is pictured at the scene after Simonne Kerr was stabbed to death at home in Battersea, south-west London 

An ambulance is pictured at the scene after Simonne Kerr was stabbed to death at home in Battersea, south-west London 

The singer wowed judges on Britain's Got Talent performing for the NHS choir who were deeply saddened by her death 

The singer wowed judges on Britain's Got Talent performing for the NHS choir who were deeply saddened by her death 

The singer wowed judges on Britain’s Got Talent performing for the NHS choir who were deeply saddened by her death 

‘The choir, NHS Blood and Transplant and all those who knew Simonne are devastated at the loss of a well-liked choir member and friend.’

Ms Kerr previously revealed how she took solace in the choir following the death of her son Kavele, six, from sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder, in 2015. 

Sylva was arrested on suspicion of murder at the scene, sparking the 90th homicide investigation in the capital this year.

Simonne, who worked as a nurse at Guys and St Thomas Hospital in south London, joined the choir after her son passed away.

She discovered she was a sickle cell disease carrier during a routine 12-week pregnancy scan and Kavele was diagnosed at only five days old after a heel-prick test. 

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