Edward Tenniswood has been convicted of raping and murdering a woman, India Chipchase, he found outside a nightclub.
Tenniswood encountered the victim outside a Northhampton, U.K., nightclub and put the allegedly drunk 20-year-old in a cab headed to his home. Tenniswood was arrested January 31, a day after the murder, when Chipchase’s body was found in his home. The Mirror reports that Tenniswood was out on a drinking binge when he was apprehended. The killer lived on the same street as David Bowie and footballer George Best, and was frequently seen drinking with the latter at a local bar.
Tenniswood told a jury that he has “OCD” and “hates dirt.” According to the Daily Mail, the 52-year-old also said he went to great lengths to keep his home clean and “generally wore latex gloves” while inside, covered his furnishings with plastic, and laid newspapers by the front door.
Tenniswood would hoard pictures, some of supermodels, of women whom he thought “looked like my ex-girlfriends, sort of monuments to them.”
A Birmingham Crown Court heard that the defendant’s blood was found under the victim’s fingernails, and that Tenniswood had scratches on his neck, arms, and legs at the time of arrest, news.com.au reported.
An examination showed Chipchase died of “pressure from the neck,” the result of strangulation. The 20-year-old sustained extensive injuries, including bruising on the forehead, and cheeks and cuts to her ear, neck, lip, and the inside of her cheek. She has also been sexually assaulted.
Tenniswood claimed the sex was consensual and that Chipchase died because of his “over-eagerness,” but the judge wasn’t buying it. On Tuesday, according to the Independent, the court handed down a life sentence for Tenniswood saying: “This was a terrible crime. It was committed because the defendant was determined to satisfy his own sexual desires on an attractive and much younger woman. It was a crime of utter depravity.”
Before the sentence was rendered, Chipchase’s mother Suzanne submitted an impact statement which read, in part:
“This year she should be celebrating her 21st birthday. As a family, we will not be able to do that this year, or any year to come.She was such a vibrant person and there was never a dull moment when she was around. By the actions of this man, we have been condemned to a life sentence of grieving for a child whose potential we will never see.”
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