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The day after Lexi’s death, Porton went on to accept 41 friend requests on a dating app on January 16, a trial at Birmingham Crown Court heard.
"The defendant killed Usha Patel in her home that evening, possibly into the early hours of Thursday, after she had put [her son] to bed." A post mortem revealed she had been ferociously beaten, strangled and stabbed 13 times in the stomach and the cause of death was recorded as compression of the neck, blunt head injury and alcohol intoxication.
There was no evidence a sexual assault had taken place.
Porton, formerly of Skiddaw, Rugby, was also overheard “laughing” at a funeral parlour two days before killing Scarlett on February 1 and seemed “calm and emotionless” after her child’s death, the jury heard.
Opening the case, prosecutor Oliver Saxby QC told jurors Lexi was taken to hospital on January 2 and again two days later, but was sent home with antibiotics for an apparent chest infection.