Horror film fan accused of dismembering a woman is alleged to have raped a second victim, court told
Written by on 8 October 2020
A horror film fan who is accused of murdering and dismembering a woman allegedly raped a second victim near a canal and threatened to kill her, a jury has heard.
Nathan Maynard-Ellis allegedly told the assault victim where he would hide her body if he killed her.
The 30-year-old, and his 25-year-old boyfriend David Leesley, are on trial accused of murdering Julia Rawson.
Coventry Crown Court was told on Wednesday that she was killed and dismembered into 11 pieces after being lured to a “flat of horrors” in Tipton in May 2019.
Prosecutors allege that Maynard-Ellis and Leesley walked along a canal near their flat to hide her body parts in undergrowth.
Both men deny murder, while Maynard-Ellis also denies counts of rape, attempted rape and making threats to kill relating to historical allegations made by a woman following his arrest last year.
On Thursday, the jury heard from a woman who said she was attacked while walking near a canal in the West Midlands.
She told police last year that Maynard-Ellis had pointed out a specific location near the waterway, telling an interviewing officer: “He said he wanted to show me something. He suddenly went from being calm… and said if he kills me that’s where he will put my body.”
The woman alleges that she was then raped by Maynard-Ellis, after he made her remove some of her clothing.
Opening the prosecution’s case on Wednesday, Crown counsel Karim Khalil QC urged jurors to act dispassionately given the “especially gruesome” allegations.
The court heard that Maynard-Ellis and Leesley were living at a flat in Tipton when Ms Rawson disappeared after travelling there in a taxi with Maynard-Ellis following a chance meeting in a pub.
Jurors were told that Maynard-Ellis has admitted concealment of a corpse and perverting the course of justice by replacing bloodstained carpet and underlay at his flat.
Leesley has admitted the same charges, although he does not accept “any element of dismemberment”.
The trial continues.