A 42-year-old woman was enticed to a “flat of horrors” and butchered by a horror fanatic and his lover in Tipton, West Midlands.
Julia Rawson met Nathan Maynard-Ellis, 30, in a pub in Dudley who drove her to his flat in May 2019. Maynard-Ellis and David Leesley,25, murdered and dismembered the woman`s body at their home and concealed the other parts.
The couple has been convicted of murder and jurors at Coventry Crown Court were told that the two stocked tools including an axe in their flat.
They also had a workbench filled with stuffed creatures, snakes and “gory” home-made horror masks
Crown counsel Karim Khalil QC opened the prosecution’s case at the start of the month-long trial, saying: “The prosecution case can be stated quite shortly – for many years Maynard-Ellis has harboured dark thoughts that have focused mainly on the sexual assault of women and their violent killing.
“He has shown 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.”
It is believed that Ms Rawson was not aware that she was going into a “flat of horrors” but she must have only realised this soon after she got inside.
“By way of description, there were numerous stuffed creatures on the walls, snakes and reptiles in tanks, and many gory face-masks of characters from horror films that Nathan Maynard-Ellis used to make.”
Despite being a fan of horror films, Maynard-Ellis, a former film and TV student, told the jury he had not maintained any desire to “re-enact” what he saw in the movies. He had also been convicted of four counts of rape and one attempted rape.
The couple admitted that they had dismembered the body and concealed some of the parts.