A serial killer obsessive and his gay lover have both been jailed for life over the brutal murder and dismemberment of a stranger they met in the pub.
Nathan Maynard-Ellis and his boyfriend David Leesley bludgeoned 42-year-old Julia Rawson to death with a rolling pin at their "flat of horrors" before using hacksaws to cut her body up into 12 pieces which they stuffed into black bin bags.
The twisted pair were jailed at Warwick Crown Court on Monday, December 21, after being found guilty of the brutal murder last month, BirminghamLive reports.
The killing was the "culmination of years of pent-up fantasy and desire" on the part of Maynard-Ellis, who had an obsession with horror movies and mass murderers, the court previously heard.
The 30-year-old stumbled across the 42-year-old victim by chance in a Black Country pub before taking her in a taxi to the home he shared with Leesley.
There, she was killed and her body dismembered.
Maynard-Ellis and Leesley then dumped the body parts in two different locations and burnt her blood-stained clothes in a desperate bid to cover their horrific crime.
Both men were convicted of murder.
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Mr Justice Soole told the court that Maynard-Ellis had previously raped a woman and forced her to watch graphic films against her will.
He will serve a life sentence with a minimum of 30 years.
Leesley was also jailed for life, with a minimum of 19 years.
Mr Justice Soole told them: "You have each been found guilty of the murder of Julia Rawson. You met Julia Rawson, who was a complete stranger, in the Bottle and Cork and tragically she entered into a conversation with you.
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"Sometime that evening after arriving at your flat in Mission Drive, Tipton, you killed her and dismembered her body.
"You then undertook a comprehensive task to hide you acts – including the lying to the police. Only you know what happened in that flat but you have not revealed.”
The judge added: "We have heard impact statements from Julia Rawson’s friends and family and how she was warm and had good humour – but all this has been taken.”
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Addressing Maynard-Ellis, the judge said: "You fantasised about serial killers. I'm sure that when you got into the taxi with Julia you formed an intent to kill her."
Maynard-Ellis was also found guilty of four counts of rape, one of attempted rape and making threats to kill relating to historical allegations made by a woman after his arrest.
David Mason, defending Maynard-Ellis, told the court during Monday's sentencing hearing that the starting point was 15 years but conceded it be extended with the aggravating features of the case.
He said the killer had been admitted to hospital four times since his conviction after contracting Covid-19.
Mr Mason said: "He has been in and out of hospital four times after contracting Covid-19. He has two blood clots on the lung and has been taking anticoagulants.
"He has been in self-isolation in prison for six weeks – without his things since his conviction. Despite what this man has done – this is inhumane."
Tom Forster, defending Leesley, told judge Mr Justice Stoole the 25-year-old's part in the killing was not premeditated.
The court heard Maynard-Ellis and Leesley had already spent 577 days behind bars on remand.
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