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A horror movie fan and her boyfriend have been convicted of murdering a woman drawn to their “apartment of horrors” after a chance meeting at a party.

Obsessive serial killer Nathan Maynard-Ellis, 30, and his partner David Leesley, 25, cut Julia Rawson’s body into 11 pieces and dumped her remains on one month-long trial. two sites near a canal.

Maynard-Ellis was not in court Monday to hear jury verdicts after being ill and losing his sense of taste in prison last week, as Leesley was in the dock.

Jurors were told that the couple’s home in Tipton, West Midlands had a workbench fitted with tools, including an ax, and also contained stuffed creatures, snakes and ‘bloody’ horror masks made. House.

Coventry Crown Court heard that Maynard-Ellis accidentally bumped into Rawson, 42, at a Dudley pub and took her in a cab to his apartment in May last year.

Opening the prosecution case at the start of the trial, Crown attorney Karim Khalil QC urged jurors to act dispassionately given the “particularly gruesome” allegations.

He told the court: “The prosecution case can be brought forward fairly quickly – for many years, Maynard-Ellis harbored somber thoughts that mainly focused on the sexual assault of women and their violent murder.

“He has shown particular interest in certain topics relating to serial killers and dismemberment of bodies.

“Her boyfriend, David Leesley, knew about these interests because their apartment was filled with printed materials, DVDs and videos about serial killers and violent sexual abuse of women.

Julia Rawson

Khalil said of Maynard-Ellis: “We accept that his part in these horrific acts were the actions of a disturbed-minded man, but they were not, we say, carried out in such a state. heightened psychiatric panic.

“He knew what he wanted to do and he intended to do exactly what he did – it was the culmination of years of pent-up fantasy and desire.

Maynard-Ellis, a former film and television student, told the jury that he had no desire to “replay” horror movies, after he blasted with a rolling pin after Rawson made “Movements” towards him.

Addressing what happened to Rawson on the weekend of May 11-12 last year, Khalil told the court: ‘Julia couldn’t have known she was about to walk into a’ apartment of horrors’ – but she must have realized it very soon after entered.

“For description, there were lots of stuffed creatures on the walls, snakes and reptiles in chariots, and lots of bloody masks of horror movie characters that Nathan Maynard-Ellis used to do. .

Parts of Rawson’s body, including his severed head, hands and feet, were found on June 12 and 29, 2019 in two different locations.

Jurors have learned that both defendants behaved normally in the days following Rawson’s death – Maynard-Ellis appearing “very happy” as he celebrated his birthday on May 21.

Jurors deliberated for seven hours and 25 minutes before convicting Maynard-Ellis of murder, as well as four counts of rape and one of attempted rape linked to historic allegations made by a woman after her arrest.

He will be sentenced alongside Leesley, who has been unanimously convicted of murder, at a later date.

The two defendants admitted to having perverted the course of justice and concealed a body after the dismemberment of Rawson’s remains.

Adjourning the case, Judge Soole exempted jurors from future juror service for the next seven years.

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