A man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Katie Kenyon, whose body was discovered in a shallow grave in a forest.
Andrew Burfield, 51, of Burnley, claimed the axe attack was an accident at first, but a post-mortem revealed the mother-of-two was struck an estimated 12 times.
On the third day of his trial at Preston Crown Court, he changed his plea.
The jury heard Burfield travelled to Gisburn Forest in Lancashire in April for a picnic with Miss Kenyon, 33, who he was in a relationship with.
He then claimed she had “bet” him he could not hit her can of Coke with his axe.
A forensic pathologist called his claim that he accidentally hit Miss Kenyon “completely implausible.”
Burfield then buried her body in a grave he dug the day before her death in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland.
The jury was told he sent messages to himself and her children from her phone after her death.
Miss Kenyon’s body was discovered by police a few days later. Initially Burfield told officers he didn’t know her whereabouts before later changing his version of events.
Speaking outside court after Burfield changed his plea, Detective Chief Inspector Allen Davies said: “Andrew Burfield is a cruel, vindictive man” who “elected to run a trial despite the overwhelming evidence in this case.”