August 2019

Louise Porton guilty of killing daughters who ‘got in the way’

A vile mum from Rugby who killed her two young daughters because they got in the way of her sex work has today been found guilty of murder.

Sick Louise Porton, 23, offered to perform sex acts on a client while one child lay dying in hospital and joked “I had two, now down to one” before the death of the second.

The single mum suffocated Lexi Draper, three, in January last year before killing 16-month-old Scarlett Vaughan two weeks later.

She attempted to keep up the “charade” her daughters had simply fallen ill in chilling 999 calls – despite medics finding them “freezing” and “dead for some time”.

Haunting CCTV of their final moments also showed both girls “chatty, alert and happy” before being brutally murdered by their own mum.

Part-time model Porton is now facing life in prison after today being found guilty of two counts of murder at Birmingham Crown Court.

Speaking after the verdict, Scarlett and Lexi’s dad Chris Draper paid tribute, saying the “only comfort” is both girls are together.

During the trial, jurors heard how Porton killed her children because they “got in the way of doing what she wanted, when she wanted and with who she wanted.”

The mum spent hours every day chatting to men on dating apps MeetMe and Badoo and palmed her kids off on relatives so she could hook up with clients.

Porton told one customer how “they can have sex despite being in a shared room with both children present if they’re quiet”.

On one occasion, the mum claimed she had sex in a van with man called “simple Simon” as her young kids slept.

And she told another client: “Tell me how much you put in and I will do pictures.

“If you put enough in we can meet up and I will f**k you”.

The aspiring model worked under the name “Lollypop” on website PurplePort where she specialised in erotic, cosplay and glamour work.

Boasting she was “open to all types of photoshoots”, Porton wore fetish gear and skimpy sailor outfits as she posed for risqué snaps.

She added: “I’m an easy person to get along with and reliable.

“I work for pay or trade depending on assignment.”

Jurors heard Porton had taken Lexi to hospital after she previously suffered a seizure and sent a client saucy snaps while the stricken youngster lay in bed receiving treatment.

She also exchanged a series of messages with a hospital security guard she met during Lexi’s stay and agreed to meet a photographer to perform sex acts on him.

Asked why, she simply said: “Because I hadn’t been paid at the time from Universal Credit.”

On the day before Lexi died, Porton messaged a man telling him: “Im just really havin a tuff time with my 3-year old being ill from that deadly flu doctors tellin me she gonna die x [sic]”.

Porton had also carried out chilling internet searches on her phone two hours before little Lexi died – including how long it took a body to “go cold up to the shoulder”.

Another read “Is it true you s*** yourself when you die?”, while one asked: “For how long after drowning can someone be resuscitated?”

Lexi was pronounced dead by paramedics after Porton dialled 999 at 12.50am on January 15.

Her skin was “pale and mottled and her lips were blue” with rigor mortis already setting in – proving she had been dead “for some time”.

Scarlett was also dead when Porton went through the “charade” of calling emergency crews to claim she was “asleep” – with blood later found on a pillow.

Both died from deliberate airway obstruction – with neither youngster having any prior medical issues.

Porton remained “calm and emotionless” after the deaths and was overheard laughing at a funeral parlour as she arranged Lexi’s burial two days before killing Scarlett.

She also “yawned” when asked what she wanted to do with their belongings and acted like “someone who had lost their goldfish”.

But Porton repeatedly denied having anything to do with their deaths – telling cops: “Why would I kill my own kids?”

She added: “My children were never an inconvenience to me and I accommodated my lifestyle and personal life around them.

“It is correct that life as a single mother was financially difficult, but I never asked anyone for money and any suggestion that I used my daughter’s ill health or death to make any money is wholly inaccurate and wrong.”

And during the trial, Porton continued to try to to make herself out as a good mother and said she never regretted having either Lexi or Scarlett, whose dad was banned from seeing them.

She said: “They were always giving me something to do.

“I would take them to places, play parks, and try to give them everything they wanted.”

But former landlord Leigh-Anne Bradley painted a different picture of a mum who palmed her kids off at every opportunity.

She also said Porton would sometimes get frustrated and swore at her children on the “rare” times she looked after them herself.

Ms Bradley added: “They would cry and not always do what she asked them to do. She would tell them to shut the f*** up or she would give them something to cry for.”

Opening the case, prosecutor Oliver Saxby QC said: “At times, her two children got in the way of her doing what she wanted, when she wanted and with whom she wanted.

“Putting it simply, and I hope neutrally, this wasn’t a life in which caring for her two young children – indeed, having two young children to care for – always easily fitted.”

Porton will be sentenced tomorrow