Watch: Footage shows killers attempting to cover up crime
CCTV footage shows attempts by a serial killer-obsessed man to cover up his murder of a 42-year-old whose body was cut into 11 pieces.
Nathan Maynard-Ellis, 30, and his partner David Leesley, 25, were convicted on Monday of murdering Julia Rawson in their “flat of horrors” in Tipton, West Midlands.
Maynard-Ellis met the victim at a pub on the weekend of 11 May 2019 before taking her back to their home, which was decorated with ornamental weaponry, balaclavas, a folding dagger, crossed swords and a model of somebody holding a knife.
Rawson’s body was chopped into parts which were then placed into black plastic bags and hidden in undergrowth by a canal close to where the two lived.
Her remains were only found a month after the murder, in June 2019. Her hands and feet had been removed, but jurors were told that would not have helped the pair with disposing of her body.
Footage from West Midlands Police shows the pair scoping out the canal where they hid the remains, and also disposing of items at a tip.
Prosecutors said both men disposed of a bloodstained sofa, which is seen in the footage, burned clothing and hid rugs in a lock-up unit to cover up the crime.
The pair were also convicted of concealment of a corpse and perverting the course of justice by replacing the bloodstained carpet at the flat.
Maynard-Ellis was also convicted of four counts of rape, one of attempted rape and one of making threats to kill in relation to a different female victim, who cannot be named. She made the allegation after he was arrested.
His trial heard that he collected newspaper clippings and books on serial killers and seen psychiatrists about his violent sexual fantasies.
Karim Khalil QC said as the trial at Coventry Crown Court got under way that “for many years Maynard-Ellis has harboured dark thoughts that have focused mainly on the sexual assault of women and their violent killing”.
He showed “a particular interest in certain themes involving serial killers and the dismemberment of bodies”.
“His boyfriend, David Leesley, knew of these interests, since their flat was full of printed materials, DVDs and videos about serial killers and the violent sexual abuse of women,” the prosecutor said.
Speaking after the guilty verdicts, Rawson’s family said: “Her death has had a devastating impact on us, the mutilation of her body and the callous way in which her remains were scattered has revolted us. We can only pray Julia knew nothing about these abhorrent acts.”